LINGUIST List 13.2688

Thu Oct 17 2002

Media: NYT: Foreign Accent Syndrome

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  1. Karen S. Chung, Media: NYT: Foreign Accent Syndrome

Message 1: Media: NYT: Foreign Accent Syndrome

Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 17:45:37 +0800
From: Karen S. Chung <>
Subject: Media: NYT: Foreign Accent Syndrome

 The 'Vital Signs' section of the October 15, 2002 New York Times online
has a short piece entitled:

 Complications: After a Stroke, a New Accent
 by John O'Neil

 It begins:

 Some stroke or accident victims lose the ability to produce speech;
others, their ability to understand it. But in an extremely small group, the
brain injuries produce a shift in pronunciation known as foreign accent
 Researchers at Oxford believe they have zeroed in on the brain region
involved in the syndrome, which causes patients' accents to shift suddenly.

 The URL:

 You can also link to short 'before' and 'after' recordings of a 'foreign
accent syndrome' victim at:

 A news release from the original source of the research findings, Oxford
University, together with the 'before' and 'after' audio links, can be found

 Karen Steffen Chung

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