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  • Questions (interrogatives) are utterances that query a statement or request information. Much of the work on questions focuses on explaining why English-learning children make word-order errors when learning questions.

    Questions can be divided into two types. The first are yes-no questions, so-called because, at minimum, they require yes or no as an answer (Do you want some cake? Can I go on the swings?). The second are wh-questions, which are preceded by a wh element (e.g., in English, What are you doing? Why are you doing that?). These can be further subdivided into three types. First are subject wh- questions, which request information about the sentence subject (i.e., queries the subject word or phrase missing from the equivalent declarative; e.g., Who went to the park?). Second ...

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