foreign accent syndrome


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A rare condition caused by a severe stroke or head injury (2 cases have been reported of individuals as a development problem) in which the person’s normal speech and inflections undergo an abrupt change, such that he or she sounds like they’re native to another language, country or culture.

foreign accent syndrome

A rare speech disorder that occurs suddenly after some strokes or brain injuries, in which a person maintains the ability to use vocabulary and diction but experiences a change in the rhythm and intonation of speech and sounds as if he or she were speaking with a foreign accent.
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Nick Miller, one of the only foreign accent syndrome experts in the world, said: "There are some common threads that run through their stories.
What happens with foreign accent syndrome to the best of our understanding is that a very, very small part of the speech area is affected so that the normal intonation of speech gets altered," said Dr.
Foreign Accent Syndrome is thought to be brought on by a minor injury to the brain, according to the available research, affecting the center of the brain that governs speech and language.
Another Foreign Accent Syndrome case arose in 2006, when Linda Walker, 60, from Newcastle upon Tyne, found that after a stroke her distinctive Geordie twang had been replaced by an exotic mixture of Jamaican,French Canadian, Italian and Slovak.
Researchers at Oxford University have found that patients with Foreign Accent Syndrome have suffered damage to tiny areas of the brain that affect speech.
Russell, a mum-of-two, has been diagnosed with the extremely rare Foreign Accent Syndrome, a one-in-250 million condition with just 60-recorded cases in the world.
After telling her story to the Chronicle, Linda's experience with foreign accent syndrome made headlines around the world.
The list of phobias includes foreign accent syndrome, cutaneous horn disorder - in which horny growths protrude from your skin, and an Alice in Wonderland syndrome that makes objects appear larger or smaller than they actually are.
The 60-year-old, from Fenham, Newcastle, had a rare case of Foreign Accent Syndrome, where patients wake up speaking differently after suffering brain injury.
And the baffled mum-of-two, who has never been to Scotland, has been diagnosed as a victim of foreign accent syndrome.
London, June 4 (ANI): While foreign accent syndrome (FAS) has been linked to damage in certain brain areas of the person sounding foreign, scientists now say that this condition may lie in the ears of the listeners.
Gregory's strange behaviour - apparently the result of a rare condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome - lifted the mood of the intensive care ward at the hospital where he was recovering from surgery to correct a life-threatening blood vessel rupture in his brain.