Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Speaking in tongues

Geordie wakes after stroke with new accent
By Nigel Bunyan
(Filed: 04/07/2006)

A woman spoke of her distress yesterday at emerging from a stroke to find that her Geordie accent had been transformed into a Jamaican one.
Linda Walker, 60, is one of only 50 people to have been recorded as suffering from foreign accent syndrome. She is now helping researchers from Newcastle University in the hope that they can find a cure for future sufferers.
The condition occurs when patients wake up after a brain injury. In Mrs Walker's case it appeared as she regained consciousness from a stroke in March.
She failed to realise the extent of the transformation of her voice until her speech therapist played her a tape.
Foreign accent syndrome was first discovered in Norway in 1941 when a young woman started to speak with a German accent after an air raid.
Daily Telegraph


Blogger Kristen said...

I've heard of this happening before, but it's still one of those wacky, "Yeah, right, it won't last," things in my mind. Maybe it lasts. Dunno.

Happy 4th of July! Or, as you like to call it over there: Tuesday.

5:45 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

And a Happy 4th to you too! Keep the party noise down though, please - we're still in mourning for the World Cup!!

6:54 AM  
Blogger gazza27 said...

I saw that in the paper today weird or what? but a Jamacan accent has got to be better than a Geordie one ? hasent it?

6:20 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

It's certainly more relaxing to listen to. I worked for a Jamaican guy for a while - every time he went home for a holiday he came back with an accent so thick nobody could understand what the hell he was saying - it was hilarious!

1:26 AM  
Blogger Munther said...

hehe !! noway, I mean how on earth ? But I must agree, a jamaicab accent sure is better than the geordie one (no offense to my geordie friends)!!

3:15 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Now they know what you REALLY think, Munther!

9:38 AM  

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