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are the words for 'who', 'which', etc. Not, however, those for 'how', 'why', 'where' &c., which are adverbs.
hvílíkr – 'what kind of'
is inflected like just a strong adjective.
These pronouns are all derived from the PIE pronominal stem *kwi- or *kwo-.
Hverr consists of the *kwo-derivation hvar 'where' and the PIE pronominal stem *jo-: *kwor-jos > *hwarjaz > hverr.
*Hvár (the masc. nom. sing. form is attested in OSw. but not in OIcel.) is formed directly from the stem *kwo: *kwo-s > *hwa-z > OSw. hvâr (and Old Engl. hwá > Engl. who), *kwo-d > *hwat > hvat (Old Engl. hwæt > Engl. what).
Hvárr is derived from the same root with the PIE suffix *-tero- (cf. Sanskr. kataráh, Gr. póteros), which is more easily seen in the variant hvaðarr: *kwo-tero-s > *hwaþaraz > hvaðarr (OEngl. hweðer, Engl. whether), plur. *kwo-tero-i (orig. a pronominal ending) > *hwaþarai(z) > hvárir.
Hvílíkr is put together from the old Germanic instrumental *hwî (ON. dative hví) and the adjective *lîkaz 'like'. OEngl. hwilc and Engl. which is the same word.
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