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Briton 'gets Chinese accent after bad migraine'
AFP ^ | 042010

Posted on 04/20/2010 6:57:07 AM PDT by Artemis Webb

A British woman has suddenly started speaking with a Chinese accent after suffering a severe migraine, she said in comments quoted by British media Tuesday.

Sarah Colwill believes she has Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) which has caused her distinctive West Country drawl to be replaced with a Chinese twang, even though she has never even visited the country.

The 35-year-old from Plymouth, southwest England, is now undergoing speech therapy following an acute form of migraine last month which reportedly left her with a form of brain damage.

"I moved to Plymouth when I was 18 months old so I have always spoken like a local. But following one attack, an ambulance crew arrived and they said I definitely sounded Chinese," she said.

"I spoke to my stepdaughter on the phone from hospital and she didn't recognise who I was. She said I sounded Chinese. Since then, I have had my friends hanging up on me because they think I'm a hoax caller."

Colwill added: "The first few weeks of the accent was quite funny but to think I am stuck with this Chinese accent is getting me down. My voice has started to annoy me now. It is not my voice."

FAS has been documented around the world and is usually linked to a stroke or traumatic brain injury. It was first recorded in the early 20th century...

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: faithandphilosophy

1 posted on 04/20/2010 6:57:08 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Artemis Webb

This has to be one of the weirdest stories ever. How rare is this?


2 posted on 04/20/2010 6:58:38 AM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: Artemis Webb

It is really just a symptom of Needing Government Disability Cash, NGDC for short....look for her to claim compensation


3 posted on 04/20/2010 6:59:51 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Artemis Webb

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Here it is on video.... [NOT work friendly]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2F3AG0ywzY


4 posted on 04/20/2010 7:00:42 AM PDT by Touch Not the Cat (Where is the light? Wonder if it's weeping somewhere...)
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To: Artemis Webb

I sometimes start speaking Spanish when I drink too much tequila...


5 posted on 04/20/2010 7:02:14 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: Artemis Webb

I have a relative who had a terrible stutter until he had a brain aneurysm - the stutter is gone and acquired a quirky accent for a New Englander.


6 posted on 04/20/2010 7:03:39 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Soothesayer

I am of Chinese descent. In high school, a Caucasian friend worked at a south suburban Chinese restaurant near Chicago. After about three months, I started to notice he would use the “pidgin” English the Chinese (mostly Cantonese) restaurant staff would use. My mom used to get a big kick out of his phone calls. It was pretty funny.


7 posted on 04/20/2010 7:08:46 AM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: Artemis Webb

My first thought was stroke.

There are other causes as well, mostly neurological. One engineer I had worked with struggled hard to speak, and later on was completely unintelligible. He had to use a notepad. My first thought was that he had a stroke, however that was not the case. He died a year after he retired.


8 posted on 04/20/2010 7:09:41 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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To: Gaffer
It is really just a symptom of Needing Government Disability Cash,

You see a lot of that here in Sweden. In fact, it's so widespread anytime anyone tells me something happened to them I wonder how "real" it is.

9 posted on 04/20/2010 7:10:51 AM PDT by riri
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To: Artemis Webb

I’ve spoken different languages in my dreams. Seriously. Strange experience.


10 posted on 04/20/2010 7:13:16 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Artemis Webb
Years ago I read about a syndrome accompanying certain kinds of brain damage that would cause an English speaker to do so with a French accent. {Cue the obligatory French joke.}

It sounds goulish, but neurological researchers live for this kind of information. They can't get it by direct experimentation, unfortunately, unless they're Hannibal Lecter.

11 posted on 04/20/2010 7:15:25 AM PDT by Erasmus (The Last of the Bohicans)
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To: Fred Hayek

Did they ever determine a physical cause?


12 posted on 04/20/2010 7:16:33 AM PDT by Erasmus (The Last of the Bohicans)
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To: libertarian27
He lost the use of the letter R?
13 posted on 04/20/2010 7:24:24 AM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, you know chances will be taken that's for sure.)
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To: Artemis Webb

She’s turning Japanese,
I think she’s turning Japanese,
I really think so.


14 posted on 04/20/2010 7:24:36 AM PDT by battlecry
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To: rintense
I’ve spoken different languages in my dreams. Seriously. Strange experience.

A coworker who speaks nothing but English was staying with some friends who overheard her talking in her sleep. She was speaking German. One of those who overheard her was fluent in German and said that to the best of her understanding the sleep-talker was a Luftwaffe pilot radioing that he was in trouble. Now, that's strange.

15 posted on 04/20/2010 7:33:50 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: Artemis Webb

Isn’t speaking with a *fake* accent racist? I mean, I know it’s fun and all, and it’s okay if it’s a southern accent (as long as you’re making fun of southerners), but I thought any imitation of any other accent was hateful, bigoted racism in this PC world we live in, regardless of intent?


16 posted on 04/20/2010 7:37:28 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Artemis Webb
I've heard of cases where after a person has a stroke or a serious head injury they suddenly develop foreign accents.Apparently it's real.
17 posted on 04/20/2010 7:42:33 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: subterfuge

Considering how many of us have mimicked a Monty Python line in a British accent that would make us all racist. :)


18 posted on 04/20/2010 7:43:04 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (Any dissent means you are a troll.)
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To: DeFault User

Wow. That’s amazing. I’ve been told I talk in my sleep, but no reports of German. But German was one of the languages I spoke. Also spoke Italian, Russian and Japanese. So strange!


19 posted on 04/20/2010 7:43:08 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Deaf Smith
He lost the use of the letter R?

Pretty much, he put the R's where they were supposed to be and left them out where they weren't.

Wickid Weiad...;)

20 posted on 04/20/2010 7:43:10 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Strange things happen with strokes. Ever notice that often stroke victims can’t speak but they can still curse?


21 posted on 04/20/2010 7:44:05 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (Any dissent means you are a troll.)
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To: All

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22 posted on 04/20/2010 7:46:57 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR.......Monthly Donors Wanted.)
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To: rintense

Did you understand what you were saying in those languages? I had taken Spanish for several years and never felt fluent in the language until I dreamed in Spanish one night.


23 posted on 04/20/2010 7:48:02 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: DeFault User

Yes, I did, ironically. I was more mystified why I wasn’t dreaming English. It was as though I was watching myself in a foreign film. I have a background in French and can read it pretty well but not the best at speaking it.


24 posted on 04/20/2010 7:50:44 AM PDT by rintense
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To: rintense

I have heard some theories on this type of phenomenon, that the brain stores all kinds of information such as what was heard in movies, read in books or overheard conversations that are recalled unconsciously. On the other side is reincarnation, transmigration of souls, etc. Nevertheless, it is very interesting. I speculated with my coworker that she might have seen a war movie with such a German pilot, but she could not recall or relate to such an event.


25 posted on 04/20/2010 8:06:19 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: DeFault User

Well, I know I hear voices, just didn’t know they were from reincarnated foreigners! LOL.


26 posted on 04/20/2010 8:07:30 AM PDT by rintense
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To: rintense

I think I may have done that as well though I don’t recall any of it. My wife says I have talked in my sleep in a foreign language. Another time she said I talked in a deep southern accent about a “yankee patrol over yonder”. It’s wierd.


27 posted on 04/20/2010 8:09:55 AM PDT by phredo53 (Caution: This post does not comply with White House standards.)
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To: phredo53

I’ve read theories that we are born with the memories of our ancestors. Crazy stuff!


28 posted on 04/20/2010 8:11:44 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Artemis Webb

replaced with a Chinese twang
Wonder if this Chinese twang can write like our Mark Twain.


29 posted on 04/20/2010 8:11:59 AM PDT by timeflies
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To: Artemis Webb

“Yes, yes, speakee speakee... me Blitish consul.”


30 posted on 04/20/2010 8:17:46 AM PDT by B Knotts (Impeach Obama)
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To: B Knotts

Hey now, that’s wasist.


31 posted on 04/20/2010 8:18:49 AM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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To: Artemis Webb

attempted brainwash?


32 posted on 04/20/2010 8:25:09 AM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: Texas resident

Did you get the reference? Note that it’s a quote.


33 posted on 04/20/2010 8:27:38 AM PDT by B Knotts (Impeach Obama)
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To: Artemis Webb
Strange things happen with strokes. Ever notice that often stroke victims can’t speak but they can still curse?

Gee..never heard of that but the brain is an amazing organ.Having worked for a Neuropathologist for a while and having watched many Science Channel/PBS type documentaries on the brain I become more and more fascinated.

I saw a documentary once that focused on different cures for serious seizure disorders (epilepsy).One treatment (experimental,I think) was to sever the "corpus collosum" which connects the two hemispheres of the brain.In such patients you can,for example,put an easily identifiable object in their hand while they're blindfolded and they can't *tell* you (verbally) what it is they're holding but they can write it down.There were many other equally wierd things as well.I find stuff like that beyond amazing!

34 posted on 04/20/2010 8:27:44 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping list worthy?


35 posted on 04/20/2010 10:12:27 AM PDT by BJClinton ("Worse" technically is "change".)
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To: Gay State Conservative; Artemis Webb

Years ago, I did some rehabilitative craft work with home-bound stroke victims. One of the clients was an elderly man with aphasia and left side paralysis. He was a fluent curser, while everything else he tried to say was gibberish.

It was explained to me that people who habitually used some words/phrases before the stroke retained those because the synapses were so well-reinforced.


36 posted on 04/20/2010 10:30:32 AM PDT by reformedliberal ("If it takes a blood bath, let's get it over with." R. Reagan)
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To: Erasmus

Signs only pointed to some neurological cause, the obvious first suspicion of stroke was ruled out. There was no outward sign of motor problems otherwise, as in gait, coordination, etc. He was quite physically active, involved in some natural habitat restoration activity (getting rid of invasive plant species in a prairie area), and still intellectually sharp. Not being able to communicate verbally must have been depressing.


37 posted on 04/20/2010 11:58:15 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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Note: this topic is from April 20, 2010.

Thanks Artemis Webb.
Foreign Accent Syndrome

38 posted on 10/08/2010 7:19:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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