ERIC Number: EJ724026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Foreign Accent Syndrome: An Organic Disorder?
Van Borsel, John; Janssens, Leen; Santens, Patrick
Journal of Communication Disorders, v38 n6 p421-429 Nov-Dec 2005
This paper reports the case of a 32-year-old Dutch speaking woman who presented with foreign accent syndrome (FAS). There are good reasons to believe that the speech disturbance in this patient was of psychogenic origin. This case suggests that attested brain damage is not a prerequisite for a speech disorder to qualify as FAS and that FAS is not necessarily linked to another neurogenic speech disorder. It is argued that FAS is not a syndrome in its own right but only exists in the ears of the beholder. Learning outcome: Readers will be able to describe the features that are believed to be typical of the foreign accent syndrome. Readers will be able to summarize the arguments that can be adduced to consider the foreign accent syndrome as an epiphenomenona.
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, Females, Neurological Impairments, Pronunciation, Speech Impairments, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands