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- n. Plural form of wh-word.
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I'm already very pleased by a bit of information from the Abaza section:Abaza and Abkhaz questions are very unusual in that they choose rightward question movement; that is, the interrogative pronoun appears at the end of the verb, and since the verb is usually the last word of the phrase, these wh-words, as they are called, appear phrase finally.
It is not used in questions with interrogative words, the equivalents of "wh-words" in English.
I am among those who admittedly lament the pronunciation loss of this initial h-sound in our wh-words previously pronounced hw -, though I am aware that this particular elision has been under way for centuries.