Foreign Accent Syndrome

Kim & Rima McKinzey rkmck at EARTHLINK.NET
Tue Nov 25 20:31:10 UTC 2003

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>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       Grant Barrett <gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG>
>Subject:      Re: Foreign Accent Syndrome
>A supposed example of Foreign Accent Syndrome:
>"An American woman told how how she suddenly developed a British accent
>after suffering a stroke.
>"When Tiffany Roberts, 57, recovered from the stroke she found she had
>an accent placed somewhere between East London and the West Country.
>"Even the pitch of her voice changed, becoming much higher than the
>deep Indiana drawl she once had."

This was actually on the news last night.  To my ears, she did NOT
have a British accent.  There were a few words here and there that
might be interpreted as vaguely British in vowel quality, but that
was about it.


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