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Health & Wellness  (tags: foreign accent syndrome, neurological damage, speech, brain trauma )

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A scientific look at a rare malady first documented in 1941, when a Norwegian woman's brain was damaged by shrapnel during a German bombing run. She recovered but began to speak her native Norwegian language in a heavy German accent.


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RC deWinter (418)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 4:18 am
More good neurological info here: Foreign Accent Syndrome And here's a link to a very recently diagnosed case in Washington state: Brain injury gives local mom a foreign accent The brain is amazing...and scary, too!

. (0)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 5:29 am
The human brain has the capacity to attempt to, and in many cases can completely rewire itself, if circumstances permit!

All things are possible, no matter how improbable that they might occur!


Tsandi Crew (95)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 6:27 am
Musta disturbed a past life talent.

Laurie W (189)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 6:40 am
Political speech....Some researches feel this is a form of damaged English caused by the half-truth,some truth and a heavy dosage of BS influencing the accent which varies in intensity between different regions of the country.
Cate ..this was a very interesting article. Thanks...sorry for the cheap joke...

Joycey B (750)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 7:24 am
Thanks for another great article Cate.

Gangi Setty (3)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 7:58 am
I am elated to meet the like minded website and my sincere thanks to the host of the website.
Kind Regards
Gangi Setty S.

Mick Gill (119)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 8:57 am
Das ist gut dunka opps

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Sunday November 2, 2008, 9:04 am

Suruna WTF (38)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 9:22 am
I found the correlation between Foreign Accent Syndrome and agoraphobia interesting. While I've never experienced brain injury, for about twenty years, my early 20's into my early 40's, when I'd drink (but not exclusively) I'd frequently start speaking with an accent. British in flavor, though not overtly so. I often wished I'd meet a Professor Higgins to help identify it. And, I have, not true agoraphobia, but rather an aversion to going out. It comes and goes. Definitely worth pondering.

Tim Redfern (581)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 9:53 am
At a complete loss for words.
Muchas Gracias, mi amiga buena, Cate!

Faith M (161)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 10:33 am
The human brain is the most remarkable thing-thanx for the great info

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 11:09 am
I agree Tsandi--I lean towards thinking it (brain injury) disturbs or rather 'rewires' into latent past-life 'memory' at an unconscious level. That's the only way I could explain it to myself--I am no expert LOL.

Louise L (48)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 1:04 pm
I've read that brain injuries can cause a new person to emerge, so maybe this is not so different. It's also my opinion that we reincarnate, so maybe Tsandi and Terrie could have a point. Our medical knowledge of the brain is still elementary, so ?????. Thanks, Ombretta.

Pete Conrads (91)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 2:47 pm
The brain can literally "reboot" found that out in my earlier years when I still fought....

Peace love and laughter to everyone Namaste

Kathy W (299)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 7:35 pm
I have heard of this before although have never met anyone who has it... or, have I? ...:) Thanks Cate.

Ken S (38)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 9:17 pm
yeah....yous all have strange accents..........could it be that awful stuff you can't call that beer....think it must cause brain damage in that language area of the brain too.....ROFL....sorry....couldn't help myself the way I'm partial to the odd drop of our that IS good for you.....Our hometown brand of beer is called XXXX, and one of their jingles go."I can feel a xxxx coming on"...fair dinkum, do a

Thelma Sumpter (30)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 9:22 pm
Noted.Thanks Cate.
I have been in Car wreck, my head went threw side window. I sure wish my brains picked up some smarts...(lol)

pete O (242)
Monday November 3, 2008, 7:39 am
I was told by one of those who say such things that i use to be a french man in a previouse life - but im all right now

Tere M (75)
Monday November 3, 2008, 10:07 am
Quite interesting! Thank you Ombretta! :)

Denice G (45)
Monday November 3, 2008, 1:36 pm
Really interesting. I think it might be a past life thing. I know that happens on occasion. Thanks for the post.
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