|Summary||"Disjunction" is the technical term for the English connective "or." As many of the entries in this leaf node attest, "or" in English means "inclusive or," i.e., "and/or." The so-called "exclusive or," while one of the sixteen combinatorially possible binary connectives in the propositional calculus, is merely an implicature from a mutually exhaustive context or cue words whose own semantics indicate exclusivity, e.g. "else" as in "or else." There is a "menu or" in English, but this is an n-ary connective with n not necessarily 2, and does not normally appear in ordinary declarative contexts.|
|Key works||Aside from the book cited below, the article Barrett & Stenner 1971 is key, as are the various works by Crain and his colleagues. I particularly recommend Crain & Khlentzos 2010.|
|Introductions||The book Jennings 1994, while not particularly easy reading for the neophyte, is indispensable. It is to "Disjunction" what Horn 1989 is to "Negation."|
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