What Is Foreign Accent Syndrome?

Q:
What is foreign accent syndrome?

A:
Foreign accent syndrome is a rare speech disorder. There is a sudden change in the speech of people with accent syndrome, and their speech is perceived to have a foreign accent. However, the patients were not trained to speak with such a foreign accent before.

The disease often occurs when people suffer with brain damage, such as a stroke, head trauma, or migraines.

The common changes in speech include:

  • Fairly predictable errors.
  • Unusual stress.
  • Voicing errors.
  • Insert “uh” into words.
  • Trouble with consonant clusters.
  • Vowel distortions, prolongations, substitutions.
  • Consonant substitution, deletion, or distortion.

Keywords: foreign accent syndrome

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