June 1, 2011

"A Curious Case Of Foreign Accent Syndrome."

Hmm.

ADDED: Listen to the audio so you can hear the accent — some British-Scottish-Irish concoction. The woman likes the new accent and says it's made her "more outgoing." Compare it to the case of the Norwegian woman during WWII who acquired a German accent and was ostracized.

13 comments:

Curious George said...

Didn't read the link...does she only has a Negro dialect when she wants one?

rhhardin said...

Woody Allen had a comedy story somewhere that ended with a guy recovering from auto accident injuries except for speaking with a thick German accent.

It doesn't google, however.

ET1492 said...

Is this what happened to Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow?

The Drill SGT said...

Isn't it more likely that she had a stroke which modified her speach, in a random pattern that is "perceived" by others as having a recognizable accent?

rhhardin said...

Compare it to the case of the Norwegian woman during WWII who acquired a German accent and was ostracized.

A nice pun on Austria (Oesterreich), which speaks German with a different German accent.

I defer to the Schwartzenegger impersonators.

Fred4Pres said...

I just saw a trailer for some movie where the girl fakes a British accent to date some guy and then screws up when she slips into Borat speak by mistake.

Fred4Pres said...

ET1492, nice. Very nice!

Curious George said...

I have a rarer variation of this syndrome called Fixed Foreign Accent Syndrome...no matter what nationality Sean Connery portrays...Irish, Russian, American...to me he sounds Scottish. Weird.

traditionalguy said...

So when she speaks her accent is from another culture's spoken language set. And the source of that does not seem to be in the hearers of the words. It really must be a replacement set of word skills. My cleaning lady who is very English uses those same language skills.

Triangle Man said...

Isn't it more likely that she had a stroke which modified her speach, in a random pattern that is "perceived" by others as having a recognizable accent?

This is what the neurologist who is interviewed in the audio segment suspects.

MrBuddwing said...

Shouldn't it be called "Pseudo Foreign Accent Syndrome"? It's not like these people are speaking in genuine foreign accents.

WV: nuntre

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Sixty Grit said...

That explains Madonna.