Pain and spatial inclusion: evidence from Mandarin

Michelle Liu, Colin Klein

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The surface grammar of reports such as ‘I have a pain in my leg’ suggests that pains are objects which are spatially located in parts of the body. We show that the parallel construction is not available in Mandarin. Further, four philosophically important grammatical features of such reports cannot be reproduced. This suggests that arguments and puzzles surrounding such reports may be tracking artefacts of English, rather than philosophically significant features of the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-272
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • cross-linguistic analysis
  • location of pain
  • Mandarin
  • pain
  • pain report

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