Foreign Accent Syndrome

zafer avþar zafav at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 28 22:37:50 UTC 2003

Dear sir, I am translator,
I need synonym for words below,
Confessional (system)

my best wishes.
zaferavsar at

>From: Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OHIOU.EDU>
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Foreign Accent Syndrome
>Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 16:07:27 -0500
>My father spoke very good Swedish, though born in Minnesota.  One winter in
>Texas he met sailors on shore from a Swedish ship and spoke with them in
>Swedish.  They conversed for a  while, and then one sailor asked my dad
>where he was from in Sweden.  They said they couldn't place his accent but
>assumed he was from some district they were unfamiliar with.  His accent,
>of course, was American Swedish!
>At 03:44 PM 11/25/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>>Kim & Rima McKinzey said:
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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.
>>A number of years ago, I read up on this syndrome for a class I was
>>teaching. In general, what you observe is the case. Someone with this
>>syndrome might sound to non-francophones like he or she is speaking
>>with a French accent, but nobody who's actually familiar with a
>>French accent would think so. Essentially, FAS gives fluent speech
>>with a lot of phonological problems, so it sounds like the speaker
>>has *some* kind of foreign accent, but, as far as I know, the
>>perceived accent is never identifiable with any actual foreign accent.
>>Alice Faber
>>faber at
>>Haskins Laboratories                                  tel: (203) 865-6163
>>New Haven, CT 06511 USA                                     fax (203)

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