Do you believe Foreign Accent Syndrome is real?

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#1 topsemag55
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There is the case of a 56-year-old woman from Oregon, who developed a British accent after having her teeth removed and replaced by dentures.

There are only a few dozen documented cases.

Story here.

Discuss, do you believe this is factual, or not?

Medical science still does not know how or why it happens.

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#2 xxKai
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There really isn't enough information, although with each case it becomes a bit more clear... I think it's real, but I can't really be too sure about it just yet, It's just that I can't think of some other reason why they'd develop such a thing...

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#3 BuryMe
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I've heard of it happening to some one who had a stroke. That seems more plausible than getting dentures to me.

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#4 cd_rom
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Well naturally those were British dentures. Case solved.
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#5 Kcube
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Well naturally those were British dentures. Case solved.cd_rom

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#6 Mindset95
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If you were to get really serious about it, I see it as total crap - an accent comes from growing up around/being taught how to speak by people who pronounce vowel/consonant sounds differently, usually in certain locations... that's been passed down for generations. I don't see how you could suddenly "develop" an accent, but that's just my opinion. ^_^
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#7 bobcheeseball
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I need some of those dentures. British accents are the best.
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#8 Joshywaa
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Perhaps this woman is insane

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The description of the way in which it comes on is pretty consistent in cases that I've read about, and there's absolutely no motivation for people to suddenly fake a foreign accent and claim they can't help it, so I see no reason why I would doubt that it's real.

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#10 black_tempest
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The reverend at my school (who also was a teacher) claimed to have acquired his british accent while reading a book. On the one hand, it wouldn't surprise me if he was, well a bit off, but on the other hand, he sure nailed being british
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#11 topsemag55
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The description of the way in which it comes on is pretty consistent in cases that I've read about, and there's absolutely no motivation for people to suddenly fake a foreign accent and claim they can't help it, so I see no reason why I would doubt that it's real.

GabuEx

I don't doubt that something could occur to the language centers of the brain to cause an accent change; however, consider the obverse: we have celebrities such as Rich Little (Man of a Thousand Voices), who can mimic just about any accent.

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I have my doubts easily. It just doesn't seem to add up in my head. All of the sudden you change your language entirely to match one specific country?

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#13 swaggafied
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Well this is somewhat on topic with the topic, buuuuuut when I am around my british friend for too long I acquire a british accent, I couldnt help it either. So I believe this is plausible.

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#14 -Unreal-
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She had an accent like Billy Conelly?

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#15 CrystalFox
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I need some of those dentures. British accents are the best.bobcheeseball

I agree, everything sounds cooler. Ex:

American household - Oh my gosh David! You're not a baby anymore you shouldn't be wetting

the bed, now get your butt to the bathroom and wash off before I give you a spanking.


British Household - Blimey Reginald ya not a lil' bebeh anymoah! You shouldn't be goin' wee-wee

in ya britches, now scurry off to the loo and run tha tap fore' I give your arse a clobberin'!

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#16 weezyfb
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i believe it
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#17 flipin_jackass
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I guess it's real, but I don't know enough about it. I'd probably believe it more but I keep remembering Madonna faking British accent. lol
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#18 spacedog1973
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She doesn't have a British accent. Her accent is certainly messed up, but anyone from Britain can tell you she doesn't sound British :| Not British soundng at all

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#19 GabuEx
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[QUOTE="GabuEx"]

The description of the way in which it comes on is pretty consistent in cases that I've read about, and there's absolutely no motivation for people to suddenly fake a foreign accent and claim they can't help it, so I see no reason why I would doubt that it's real.

topsemag55

I don't doubt that something could occur to the language centers of the brain to cause an accent change; however, consider the obverse: we have celebrities such as Rich Little (Man of a Thousand Voices), who can mimic just about any accent.

Well sure, but that's conscious; I'm thinking more along the lines of people who have a natural accent that persists despite being immersed in a society that doesn't have that accent. It seems logical to me that there would be certain wirings in the brain that cause a person's mouth and tongue to naturally form certain vowel and consonant sounds in certain ways, and I would certainly consider it possible that something could cause a person's brain to change the translation from the mental picture of what one wants to say to the actual physical movements of the mouth.