This paper presents the results of a cross-sectional study on the acquisition of passive voice by learners of L2 Italian. The aim of the study is to observe and describe, within the theoretical framework of Processability Theory, how learners acquire the ability to topicalise the patient of a transitive event by assigning it the grammatical function of subject in a passive sentence. In order to do so, two tasks specifically devised for eliciting passive constructions are administered to 41 learners of different ages, L1s and cultural backgrounds, and to a control group of 50 native speakers of Italian with similar characteristics.
Nuzzo E (2012). Imparare la costruzione passiva in italiano L2. STUDI ITALIANI DI LINGUISTICA TEORICA E APPLICATA, XXXXI(1), 67-84.