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Ontario woman injures brain, starts sounding like a Scot

She’s one of 60 people worldwide afflicted with “foreign accent syndrome”


 

Sharon Campbell-Rayment was bucked from her horse and hit her head on the ground two years ago. At first, doctors said she’d suffered a simple concussion, but Campbell-Rayment couldn’t speak for days. It was serious brain damage. When she learned to talk again, she couldn’t help but roll her r’s and drop her g’s like Scots do. The strangest thing of all? She now uses the words, like “wee,” and “brilliant,” more than before the fall. The extremely rare affliction is known as “foreign accent syndrome” and only 60 people are believed to suffer from it.

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Ontario woman injures brain, starts sounding like a Scot

  1. From previously reported cases in England and Washington state, I was under the impression that the 'foreign' accent was generic and assoicated with a country based on the listener's experiences and the differences in speak patterns (like French-accent rising at the end of a sentence or the flat intonation of North American-accents).

  2. Ooyah!
    I got a wee luke at yur headline and I'm dyin' to know. Her soundin' like a Scot n'all; wuz it becuz o' the way she pronounced the wurds, or wuz it the wurds themselves that she chose ta use?
    See, I've wundered aboot the wee wifey fer years now, and the answer might just be that she took a knock to the heed?
    Och! Awayyougoyamugya!