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The collection presented in this volume is a selection of articles that I wrote over the last almost twenty years up to now. The selection has been guided by the idea of designing an internally coherent volume, containing some of the most representative steps in the research conducted on the following two closely related domains:

i. The establishment of the functional structure of the clause, with special reference to Verb Syntax, in the tradition initiated by Pollock’s (1989) seminal article, in the spirit of the cartographic projects (Cinque 2002; Rizzi 2004b; Belletti 2004b).