Gap Fill - British Accent - Level 6


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An American has been diagnosed with the Foreign Accent Syndrome. The woman, Michelle Myers, 45, said that in 2015 went to bed with a " headache" and woke up with a British accent. The accent has remained with her ever . Ms Myers said she has woken up speaking a of accents before. She was totally perplexed at waking up and speaking with an Australian or Irish accent. These disappeared after two but the UK accent has remained. Myers told that she found her condition, "really difficult to begin with". She said: "It was hard because I was struggling. I have come to terms with the fact that I might sound like this forever. I realize it's of me now."

Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a that typically occurs after strokes or traumatic brain that damage the center of our brain. It varies in the to which it affects someone's language and accent. In some cases, someone's native language sounds like it is tinged with a foreign accent; in other , rhythm, stress and pronunciation can change. The condition was first documented in 1907 by French Pierre Marie. It is a relatively rare . Only about 60 cases of FAS have been documented over the past century. One of these was a Japanese stroke who woke up sounding Korean, even he had never been to Korea.

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