Datapoint Nigerian Pidgin/Interrogative pronouns

Both simple and complex forms exist for ‘who’, ‘where’, and ‘how’, but only complex forms are utilized for ‘when’. In the case of ‘how’, the simple form is used much more frequently than the complex forms.

Values

Three compound expressions

Example 17-22:
{Wich pe̱sin/Hus-pe̱sin/Hu} ko̱t di nyam?
{Wich
{which
pe̱sin/Hus-pe̱sin/Hu}
person/q-person/who}
ko̱t
cut
di
art.def
nyam?
yam
Who cut the yams?

Source: Faraclas 1996: 11-21

Example 17-23:
Yù tek {wich we/haw} ko̱t di nyam?
2sg.sbj
tek
take
{wich
{which
we/haw}
way/how}
ko̱t
cut
di
art.def
nyam?
yam
How did you cut the yams?

Source: Faraclas 1996: 11-21

Example 17-24:
Yù tek {wich taym/hus-taym} ko̱t di nyam?
2sg.sbj
tek
take
{wich
{which
taym/hus-taym}
time/q-time}
ko̱t
cut
di
art.def
nyam?
yam
When did you cut the yams?

Source: Faraclas 1996: 11-21

Confidence:
unspecified