Foreign accent syndrome is a rare speech disorder that causes an abrupt speech change so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a “foreign” accent. FAS is most often caused by brain damage such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Apart from the neurological causes and psychological issues in the video, I want you to focus on phonetic and phonological aspects of their ‘foreign’ accents.
1. How can you distinguish if someone speaking English presents French, Chinese, Arabic or other languages’ accents? What helps you to differentiate “foreign” accents from American English?
2. If you speak (or think of) other languages besides English, what elements of the language(s) would make you sound different (or hear differently) from a native speaker of English? Are specific sounds pronounced differently? Is intonation different? Pause? Certain sound sequences? Please elaborate on your opinions.