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Multiple wh-fronting

SYNTAX: In some languages, all wh-elements in a multiple question must be fronted. EXAMPLE: The following example is from Bulgarian:

(i) Koj kogo kakvo e pital?
    who whom what asked-3SG
    'Who asked whom what?'
Rudin (1988) has noted that in multiple wh-fronting languages can be divided into two classes. In languages like Bulgarian, the wh-elements act like a cluster, while in languages like Czech and Polish, there seems to be a break after the first wh-element: adverbs and clitics can appear between the first wh-element and the others.
LIT. Richards, N. (1997)
Rudin, C. (1988)