Word order of content questions (Northern Mansi)

SOV: The basic word order of content questions is SOV.

(1) χum χoťjut­-n puŋk pin­-ǝs?
man who-­dat head put-­pst.3sg
‘Whom did the man greet with a bow?’ (Sadomina­-Afanaseva 2006: 36)

In Northern Mansi, the intonation contour of content questions is important feature, since content questions do not differ structurally from indicatives (both have SOV). The object of the example is unmarked. For information about interrogative elements, see the parameter “Word order of interrogative phrases”.


Szilvia Németh