by Jeanette Sakel
On the BBC webpage today: a lady from Plymouth who woke up after a migraine (maybe a minor stroke?) having lost her West Country accent and speaking with a Chinese accent instead:
There is a short video, which is interesting to watch. They also interview speech and language therapists about this case.
What struck me, was that in careful speech her accent was much more pronounced than when she was speaking without thinking too carefully about how to pronounce things!
Having a foreign accent can be fine – like, I don’t mind my German accent in English, I’m actually quite fond of it. It’s part of my background, and my identity. But if you have a foreign accent without that identity (as is the case with the lady in the video), that can have a major impact on your wellbeing!