Disjunctive comparisons
Luka Crnic
June 2023
 

Disjunction can convey a conjunctive meaning when it occurs in the matrix clause of a comparative sentence. This happens in the absence of expressions that usually accompany, and have been studied in relation to, occurrences of disjunction conveying conjunctive meanings (say, modal expressions). Similar behavior is observed with any NPs, which can occur in the matrix clauses of comparative sentences and therein convey meanings akin to conjunctive ones. Dual exhaustification, applying once at the sentence level and once at the embedded level of degree predicates, gains us purchase on these affiliated behaviors.
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