Canadian Woman Gains 'East Coast' Accent After Stroke

Rosemary Dore emerged from a left-sided stroke with an accent that was similar to the Canadian East Coast accent, the CBC News reported Friday.

Incidentally, before she had the stroke, Dore, 50, of Windsor, Ontario, had always spoken with a southern Ontario accent. She had only traveled to Florida once for vacation, and she did not have any family members who spoke with East Coast accents.

Scientists call it foreign accent syndrome and Dore’s case is highlighted in the July issue of Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences.

It is a rare syndrome that affects only people who have had strokes – they emerge from the stroke speaking in an accent different from the one they used to speak. It can happen if a stroke damages the parts of the left hemisphere of the brain related to speech production.

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Click here to read the study from the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences (subscription required).