Accounting for Causal Constructions within the Framework of the Lexical Constructional Model

  1. Andreea Rosca
Atlantis: Revista de la Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo-Norteamericanos

ISSN: 0210-6124

Year of publication: 2014

Volume: 36

Issue: 1

Pages: 51-69

Type: Article

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JCR (Journal Impact Factor)

  • Year 2014
  • Journal Impact Factor: 0.03
  • Best Quartile: Q4
  • Area: LINGUISTICS Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 167/172 (Ranking edition: SSCI)

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  • Year 2014
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.219
  • Best Quartile: Q1
  • Area: Cultural Studies Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 205/891
  • Area: Literature and Literary Theory Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 67/744
  • Area: Language and Linguistics Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 234/737
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  • Social Sciences: B
  • Human Sciences: A


  • Year 2014
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 0.3
  • Area: Literature and Literary Theory Percentile: 75
  • Area: Cultural Studies Percentile: 47
  • Area: Language and Linguistics Percentile: 44
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This article sets out to examine causal constructions by focusing on a particular verbal class, namely, entity-specific change-of-state verbs. The most important step consisted in finding a theoretical framework capable of accounting for the intricate syntactic behavior of these verbs and of giving equal importance to the contribution of both lower-level and high-level configurations. The present study also shows that the external constraints formulated by the Lexical Constructional Model constitute useful analytical tools for the integration of this verbal class into the intransitive causal construction. The external constraints involve cognitive mechanisms such as high-level metaphor and metonymy, which produce a change in perspective of a lexical predicate and allow it to be easily subsumed into a given construction.