Foreign Accent Syndrome
Foreign Accent Syndrome is an incredibly rare condition that results in damage to the speech centres of the brain, resulting in a sudden speech impediment that leaves the suffer sounding as if they are speaking their native language in the accent of a foreigner. The sufferer doesn’t gain any additional understanding of the foreign language that their accent sounds like. The causes are unknown, and there is no current cure, but the condition can be managed by encouraging the sufferer to adopt the accent more thoroughly, as it will frequently be easier to pronounce words in that accent than their original voice. It is a distressing condition, but it’s rareness makes it almost completely unknown.
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