Lexical class and perspectivization constraints on subsumption in the Lexical Constructional Model: The case of say verbs in English

  1. Masegosa, A.G. 1
  2. Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, F.J. 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España

    ROR https://ror.org/0553yr311

Language Sciences

ISSN: 0388-0001

Year of publication: 2012

Volume: 34

Issue: 1

Pages: 54-64

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1016/J.LANGSCI.2011.06.017 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-81855221879 WoS: WOS:000298526700004 GOOGLE SCHOLAR

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JCR (Journal Impact Factor)

  • Year 2012
  • Journal Impact Factor: 0.302
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 0.262
  • Article influence score: 0.27
  • Best Quartile: Q3
  • Area: LINGUISTICS Quartile: Q3 Rank in area: 110/162 (Ranking edition: SSCI)

SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2012
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.376
  • Best Quartile: Q2
  • Area: Linguistics and Language Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 183/758


  • Social Sciences: A
  • Human Sciences: A+

Scopus CiteScore

  • Year 2012
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 1.4
  • Area: Language and Linguistics Percentile: 79
  • Area: Linguistics and Language Percentile: 78


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  • Total citations: 8
  • Recent citations: 1
  • Field Citation Ratio (FCR): 4.79


This paper offers a principled account of the integration processes of Levin's (1993) say verbs into two constructions, the dative and the as construction. In the light of the Lexical Constructional Model (LCM) and taking Levin's (1993) original account of verb classes and alternations as a point of departure, we explore the principles that regulate such integration, which in the LCM is referred to as subsumption. These principles, which act as either licensing or blocking factors on this process, can be based upon conceptual compatibility between lexical and constructional structure or upon an alternative construal of the verbal predicate in order to adapt it to constructional requirements. Our study of this group of verbs in relation to the two constructions mentioned above has further allowed us to propose a robust sub-classification of them on the basis of more refined syntactico-semantic criteria. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.