Levels of description and constraining of factors in meaning constructionan introduction to the Lexical Constructional Model

  1. Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez 1
  2. Ricardo Mairal Usón 2
  1. 1 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España

    ROR https://ror.org/0553yr311

  2. 2 Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

    Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

    Madrid, España

    ROR https://ror.org/02msb5n36

Folia lingüística: Acta Societatis Linguisticae Europaeae

ISSN: 0165-4004

Year of publication: 2008

Volume: 42

Issue: 2

Pages: 355-400

Type: Article


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  • Dialnet Metrics Cited by: 46 (02-06-2023)
  • Web of Science Cited by: 97 (12-05-2023)
  • Dimensions Cited by: 72 (30-03-2023)

JCR (Journal Impact Factor)

  • Year 2008
  • Journal Impact Factor: 0.391
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 0.348
  • Article influence score: 0.143
  • Best Quartile: Q4
  • Area: LINGUISTICS Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 52/68 (Ranking edition: SSCI)

SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2008
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.124
  • Best Quartile: Q3
  • Area: Linguistics and Language Quartile: Q3 Rank in area: 275/530


  • Social Sciences: B
  • Human Sciences: A


(Data updated as of 30-03-2023)
  • Total citations: 72
  • Recent citations: 3
  • Field Citation Ratio (FCR): 29.68


This paper presents an outline of the Lexical Constructional Model, a meaning construction model that integrates insights from functional models of language (especially, Role and Reference Grammar) and Cognitive Linguistics (especially, Goldberg's Construction Grammar and Lakoff's Cognitive Semantics). The initial claim is that a theory of semantic interpretation should be constructed on the basis of two representational mechanisms, lexical and constructional templates, and two basic cognitive operations, subsumption and conceptual cueing, that specify in what ways meaning representations from different levels may interact. It is further shown that both lexical-constructional subsumption and purely constructional subsumption –at any stage of the meaning construction process– is regulated by an inventory of both internal and external constraints. Internal constraints involve the semantic units encoded in a lexical or a constructional template, while external constraints result from the possibility or impossibility of performing high-level metaphoric and/or metonymic operations on the items involved in the subsumption or cueing processes.