The world is full of of embarrassing conditions you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Every week, Carian discusses one. This week: Foreign Accent Syndrome.
How strange would it be when from one day to another you would speak your native language with an Italian accent, even though you’ve never set foot in the country. It can happen.
This rare medical condition is known as the Foreign Accent Syndrome. When suffering brain injury, such as a stroke, the speech center of the brain can get affected. As a result, a speech impediment can occur that may cause a patient to pronounce his or her native language with an accent that to the ear of the listeners may be mistaken as foreign.
Watch the video below to hear the speech of a woman suffering from the Foreign Accent Syndrome.
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Mariën, P, Verhoeven, J, Wackenier, P, Engelborghs, S, & De Deyn, P (2009). Foreign accent syndrome as a developmental motor speech disorder Cortex, 45 (9), 870-878 DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2008.10.010