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or wh-ques•tion

(ˈdʌb əl yuˈeɪtʃˌkwɛs tʃən)

a question containing a WH-word, typically in initial position, and calling for an item of information to be supplied, as Where do you live?


Frage, die mit einem wh-Wort beginnt
(Ling) → Ergänzungsfrage f
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From usage to verbs, compositional implications of Arabic language, and social issues such as women and politeness in Egyptian talk shows and issues of wh-questions in Egyptian Arabic, this provides a powerful and scholarly analysis that delves beyond usage into the sociology and politics of the Arabic language.
Wh-questions, unlike the yes/no type require detailed information on the question posed by the speaker.
Also, utterance 5 shows a case of the dominant (a rich woman) who uses wh-questions to show her status as the powerful when she engages in discourse with a yam seller.
Twenty-six sentences of the form of (7) were constructed, such that each could be transformed into the multiple wh-questions we tested.
We tested multiple wh-questions containing every pair of wh-subject wet ('who'), wh-direct object was ('what'), d-linked whdirect object welches X ('which X'), wh-indirect object wem ('to whom'), d-linked wh-indirect object welchem X ('to which X'), and wh-adjunct wann ('when').
Many of these questions are wh-questions (who, where, why) as differentiated from mothers' preference for yes/no questions.
As reported earlier in this paper, fathers use both unmitigated directives and wh-questions (which could serve to extend children's topics) more frequently than do mothers.
However, correlations between tenor and child initiative after wh-questions (r = -.
Also, an elaborated answer to a two-choice question showed up when parents tagged it onto a wh-question; they used the wh-question part of the turn to set up the two-choice question, as in: "What was the favorite thing you did on your trip?
At first glance, this particle looks like a question operator, especially since it may occur in wh-questions as well: (45)
Lillo-Martin reports on her research in "Early and late in language acquisition: aspects of the syntax and acquisition of Wh-questions in American Sign Language" (p.