Heart Health & Mental Health | Jon Barron's Podcast

Date: 05/13/2011

Spontaneous Foreign Accent

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Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) affects less than 100 people worldwide, but even so, it's disturbing enough to those who have it that there's a website devoted to "FAS support."  According to the website, where you can hear samples of FAS-altered speech, "FAS is a speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a ‘foreign" accent. The change can come about as a result of stroke, a bop on the head, brain injury, migraine headache, multiple sclerosis, or apparently, anesthesia.  The causes of the bizarre condition aren't clear to scientists, although they suspect that victims suffer from a mini-stroke that alters their speech centers.  The good news is that in most cases, the syndrome does not last long.  Find out more in this podcast! 

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    Submitted by Dawn on
    August 31, 2011 - 12:23am

    A few years back, I was having a conversation with my daughter and friend. In the middle of our conversation, my accent changed from a Southern Accent to a British Accent. There was no known reason for this. I did not have a head ache, anestethic or stroke.It came and went just as mysteriously. Since then, I usually have my normal accent, but occationally, I get asked by strangers if I am from Ireland or Scotland. But, I don't notice any difference.

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    Submitted by Dawn on
    August 31, 2011 - 12:23am

    A few years back, I was having a conversation with my daughter and friend. In the middle of our conversation, my accent changed from a Southern Accent to a British Accent. There was no known reason for this. I did not have a head ache, anestethic or stroke.It came and went just as mysteriously. Since then, I usually have my normal accent, but occationally, I get asked by strangers if I am from Ireland or Scotland. But, I don't notice any difference.

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