Content questions (cq) are questions that contain an interrogative phrase (IP) that cannot be answered with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ This parameter considers the structural differences between dependent content questions and their independent counterparts. A question is considered dependent if it is subordinate to a main clause whose lexical verb indicates a question, and if the question is not a direct quote.
NoOblcq: The language does not have dependent content questions.
Cq: Dependent and independent content questions are structurally identical.
(InitCpl): The only structural difference between dependent and independent content questions is the optional use of a clause-initial subordinating complementizer with the former.
InitCpl: The only structural difference between dependent and independent content questions is the obligatory use of a clause-initial subordinating complementizer with the former.
(FinalCpl): The only structural difference between dependent and independent content questions is the optional use of a clause-final subordinating complementizer with the former.
FinalCpl: The only structural difference between dependent and independent content questions is the obligatory use of a clause-final subordinating complementizer with the former.
Cpl=V: Dependent content questions are marked by the use of a question verb, which can appear as either a finite verb or a nonfinite verb form.
WO: Dependent and independent content questions differ in their word order.
When a language displays more than one strategy, multiple values can be listed. If one strategy is dominant, a slash (/) can separate the values, with the dominant value appearing first; if neither is dominant, they are listed with an ampersand (&) separating them. The use of parentheses indicates that use of the strategy is not obligatory, while the use of a plus sign (+) instead of an ampersand indicates that the two strategies must be used simultaneously.
 When the question is restructured into a statement, with or without a shift in the grammatical subject of the verb, the clause is considered to constitute an indirect quote, rather than a direct quote. Both criteria can be seen in English. Compare the question Where are you going? to its answer: She asked me where I was going.
 In most languages that display this value, content questions can only appear within subordinate clauses as direct quotations.
 This complementizer appears in addition to the IP.
 Finite verbs should be examined to determine whether they belong to the dependent question. If a question verb cannot be found in the main clause (either the same verb repeated in the dependent clause or a different verb), the verb in the subordinate clause is in fact part of the main clause.
 The use of this parameter and its optional equivalent are discussed in detail in the parameter Word order of dependent content questions.