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Pain and Spatial Inclusion: Evidence from Mandarin

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberanz032
Journal publication date10 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2019


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.


© The Author(s) 2019. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Analysis following peer review. The version of record [Michelle Liu, Colin Klein, Pain and spatial inclusion: evidence from Mandarin, Analysis, , anz032,] is available online at:

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