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This is a simple one.

  • Could you tell me what "Carbonara" is?

Now. The question is: Which intonation should be used? Is it a yes/no question or a wh-question? -It is a polite request for information, so obviously I am not expecting a "yes/no" answer. But it functions as a "what-question", right? I am not sure if maybe the grammar requires me to consider it as a yes/no question.

I am a bit confused. Although, I am having a feeling that the answer is really simple and that I am currently having a blonde-moment. Please help me get rid of my doubt!

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    Intonation goes with the form. This has the form of a yes/no question (Aux - Pronoun - Verb Phrase) and therefore there should be an up intonation. – John Lawler Oct 11 '16 at 15:45
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    You would do well do find an alternative expression to "blonde-moment". – aparente001 Oct 11 '16 at 19:24
  • Why? What is wrong with it? – lolpol89 Oct 13 '16 at 3:36
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Intonation goes with the form. This has the form of a yes/no question (Aux - Pronoun - Verb Phrase) and therefore there should be an up intonation. – John Lawler

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