Foreign Accent Syndrome: The Curious Case of Karen Butler14 June, 2011 at 08:32 | Posted in Body & Mind, Science | Leave a comment
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An Oregonian woman who had oral surgery ended up losing not only her teeth, but her American accent as well.
Karen Butler, 56, sounds like she comes from somewhere in Scandinavia or possibly South Africa with a bit of Irish thrown in here and there. However, prior to her surgery in 2009, she had a full-blown American accent.
Butler’s teeth were replaced with dentures, but her accent never came back.
Now, when people meet Butler for the first time, they typically ask the same question, she told the Today show.
“‘Where are you from. Where did you get that accent?'” Butler said. “‘You tell them ‘I got it from here.'”
“‘From here? Oregon?’ They think I say Ireland, but I’m saying Oregon.”
Butler realized she had a very rare condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS), which usually results from stroke or brain trauma.