When can a yes/no question have falling intonation?

自転車アームストロング選手/ドーピング告白
米国, 2013年, オプラ·ウィンフリー & ランス·アームストロング

In English, a yes/no question normally has rising intonation.

There are, however, exceptions. One of these is when there is a series of yes/no questions designed to extract specific information.

Last week, for example, Oprah Winfrey began her Lance Armstrong interview (at 0:55 below) with a dramatic series of ‘yes or no’ questions. Notice how all of her of yes/no questions have falling intonation.

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Yes or no: did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance?

Yes.

Yes or no: was one of those banned substances EPO?

Yes.

Did you ever blood-dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performance?

Yes.

Did you ever use any other banned substances like testosterone, cortisone or human growth hormone?

Yes.

Yes or no: in all seven of your Tour de France victories, did you ever take banned substances or blood-dope?

Yes.

In your opinion, was it humanly possible to win the Tour de France, without doping, seven times in a row?

Not in my opinion.

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