VARIATION IN ENGLISH AND IGBO WH-WORDS: A MINIMALIST APPROACH

Michael Maduka Okoye, Michael Alozie Nwala

Abstract


Working within the framework of minimalist program, this paper examined the variation in
English and Igbo Wh-words. The study adopted a survey design and used secondary sources
and the researcher's native competence to elicit data for analysis. The analysis showed the
parametric variation in both languages. The Wh-word in English surface structure is a
product of movement, while a two-way structure – based derivation and movement trigger
exist in the Igbo language in overt syntax. The paper concluded that the knowledge of the
parametric variation of Wh-construct amongst second language learners of both languages
respectively will enhance well-formed sentences and help to reduce syntactic incongruities.

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