Datapoint Cape Verdean Creole of Santiago/Position of interrogative phrases in content questions

Normally interrogative pronouns are sentence-initial. In-situ position occurs especially with ê 'be' and in echo questions.

Values

Interrogative phrase initial Frequency: 95.0%

Example 30-25:
Undi N ta po nha bitxu?
Undi
where
N=ta=po
1sg=ipfv=put
nha=bitxu?
my=animal
Where shall I put my animal?
German: Wo soll ich mein Tier hintun?

Source: da Silva 1987: 71

Example 30-26:
Pamodi ki bu sta tristi?
Pamodi
why
ki=bu=sta
comp=2sg=be
tristi?
sad
Why are you sad?
German: Warum bist du traurig?

Source: da Silva 1987: 41

Confidence:
Very certain

Interrogative phrase not initial Frequency: 5.0%

Example 30-28:
Kel (kumida) la ê di kenha?
Kel=(kumida)
that=(food)
la
there
ê
be
di=kenha?
of=whom
Whose is that (food)?

Source: da Silva 1987: 27/28

Example 30-29:
"Karterista" go ê kusê?
"Karterista"
pickpocket
go
top
ê
be
kusê?
what
What is a "pickpocket"?

Source: Lang 2002: s.v. karterista

Example 30-27:
Abo ê kenha?
A-bo
top-2sg.indp
ê
be
kenha?
who
Who are you?

Source: da Silva 1987: 111

Confidence:
Very certain