foreign accent syndrome

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foreign accent syndrome (plural foreign accent syndromes)

  1. (medicine, psychology, neurology) An extremely rare disorder, which may be temporary or permanent, in which a person who has suffered a stroke or other brain trauma recovers but subsequently speaks with a seemingly foreign accent.
    • 1991, Gerard L. Ervin, "MLJ News & Notes of the Profession," The Modern Language Journal, vol. 75, no. 2, p. 225,
      A Baltimore man suddenly began speaking with a Scandinavian accent after suffering a stroke. . . . The man had "foreign accent syndrome," a rare condition in which a brain malfunction produces speech alterations that sound like a foreign accent.