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Interrogative construction in Úwù

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Question formation is a universal phenomenon; it is indeed an integral part of the universal grammar. Every native speaker of a language has a way of making enquiries on issues that bother them. In this study, I examine the syntax of interrogative constructions in Úwù. I show that there are two types of interrogative constructions in the language namely polar and content question. I establish that polar question is derived through Intero which select IP/FinP as its complement to project maximally. I also show that the head of the content interrogative sentence is null like many Defoid –Kwa languages where content Intero head selects FocP as its complement. It is established in this study that unlike other Defoid –Kwa languages, Úwù content Intero head selects TopP as its direct complement. The study adopts the split CP hypothesis and the catographic analysis of Rizzi (1997 & 2001) for its analysis.
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  • Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
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