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Distinguishing between inclusive or and exclusive or in logic is useful. Is there already an ascribed way of using each of these operators in everyday speech in English?

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I agree with McCawley that the English "or" is always inclusive. Sometimes extraneous circumstances make the "both" interpretation unreasonable, giving the false impression that there is an exclusive sense. I think that argument is probably in McCawley's book What linguists always wanted to know about logic, but were afraid to ask.

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  • Me too. There may be different phenomena that force exclusive or, just as there are that force inclusive vs exclusive we, but that doesn't mean they're otherwise distinguished. – john lawler in exile Apr 11 '15 at 20:44

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