November 20, 2003

IT'S A SIGN

Fla. Woman Has Stroke, Gets British Accent. Roberts Diagnosed With Extremely Rare 'Foreign-Accent Syndrome' (Local6.com, 11/19/03)

A University of Central Florida speech expert has diagnosed an extremely rare disorder in a Sarasota, Fla., woman that caused her to speak with a British accent after she suffered a stroke.

The case of foreign-accent syndrome is one of fewer than 20 reported worldwide since 1919, according to Jack Ryalls, professor of communicative disorders at UCF.

I'd like to see a computer do that.

Posted by David Cohen at November 20, 2003 9:20 AM
Comments

A lot of New York-based sophistcates seem to suffer from the same malady...

Posted by: John at November 20, 2003 10:10 AM

I didn't know that Madonna had a stroke.

Posted by: pchuck at November 20, 2003 10:43 AM

A friend of mine had an employee who had a stroke which caused him a type of aphasia in which he could speak except he no longer had any nouns in his vocabulary.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at November 20, 2003 1:13 PM

Harry, that is incredible. The mind is certainly an interesting thing.

Posted by: pchuck at November 21, 2003 10:51 AM

Especially Harry's.

Posted by: Peter B at November 21, 2003 12:31 PM

Peter:

It is about time you recognized that.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at November 21, 2003 9:15 PM
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