Leanne Rowe is an Australian who has developed a French accent after an accident, a classic example of the Foreign Accent Syndrome. Leanne had never spoken French her whole life, apart from studying it as a subject in the school.
The Agence France- Presse reported that Rowe got this accent after a car crash, nearly a decade ago, which left her with a broken jaw and back. It is only now that she has come out in the media to tell her story.
Leanne Rowe said, “It makes me so angry because I am an Australian. I am not French, I do not have anything against the French people.” After she woke up in the hospitals, doctors put on to medication; they believed she was slurring words because of the medication. Soon, these slurs developed into French accent as she recovered.
Since this speech disorder was first reported in the 1940s, there have been just about 100 cases of Foreign Accent Syndrome. Last year, a 40 year old British lady developed a French accent after she suffered seizure due to flu.
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