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Partitive case

SYNTAX: instance of inherent case.Partitive case is optionally assigned by unaccusative verbs, such as Italian arrivare, to a post-verbal subject, which is in fact the internal argument:

(i) E' arrivato Gianni
    is arrived Gianni
    'Gianni arrived'
According to Belletti (1988), partitive case can be assigned if no case (Nominative or Accusative) is assigned otherwise.
LIT. Belletti, A. (1988)