chapter  2
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Agreement and Case in Past Participial Clauses in Italian

Italian past participle clauses display a number of peculiarities that constitute the central empirical concern of this chapter. The fundamental properties characterizing the construction are exemplied by the sentences in (1), where the past participle clause is in boldface:

(1) a. Arrivata Maria, Gianni tirò un sospiro di sollievo. arrived(FEM-SG) Maria Gianni was relieved ‘Maria [having] arrived, Gianni was relieved.’