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Strange accent leads
to language discovery
NEW YORK (AP) - A Balti-
more man suddenly began speaking
with a Scandinavian accent after suf-
fering a stroke, displaying a rare dis-
order that may shed light on how the
brain produces language, a study
The man, who had no experience
with foreign languages, sounded
both Nordic and unfamiliar with En-
glish, said Dr. Dean Tippett.
"He was pretty clear; everyone
who heard him said he sounded
Scandinavian or Nordic," said Tip-
pett, a neurophysiology fellow at the
University of Maryland School of
Medicine in Baltimore.
The man enjoyed his new accent
at first, saying he hoped it would at-
tract women, Tippett said.
But by the time his accent had
largely faded, six weeks after the
stroke, he said he was happy to be
speaking like an American again.
His speech was normal by about
three months after the stroke.
The man had what's known as
foreign accent syndrome, a rare con-
dition in which a brain malfunction
produces speech alterations that
sound like a foreign accent. Other
reported cases in Americans have in-
volved apparent German, Spanish,
Welsh, Scottish, Irish and Italian
The syndrome is triggered by
bleeding in the brain, head injuries
or strokes. A stroke is a blockage of
blood supply to an area of the brain.
Scientists say studying the syn-
drome may reveal secrets about how
particular parts of the brain con-
tribute to spoken language.
Immediately after the stroke, the
man's speech was slurred for a day or
two. His accent appeared as he re-
covered from that, Tippett said.
The man typically added extra
vowel sounds as he spoke, saying
such things as, "How are you doing
today-ah?" Tippett said. His voice
also rose in pitch at the end of sen-
tences, as if asking a question.
Some vowel sounds were also
substituted making "hill" come out
as "heel" and "quiet" with the vowel
sound drawn out. "That" was pro-
Arnold Aronson, a Mayo Clinic
speech pathologist who has evalu-
ated about 20 people with the syn-
drome, said he knew of only about a
dozen additional cases in the scien-
by Nicole James
Approximately 12,000 students a
year visit the Overseas Opportunities
Office of the International Center to
look through the catalogs of foreign
universities, check out possible jobs
and internships, and plan summer
trips to Europe.
"Students who come here regard-
ing anything overseas... will be re-
ferred to the place for the right in-
formation," said International Oppor-
tunities Coordinator William Nolt-
ing. Students can "find out what the
main options are," he added.
The office gives counseling, ad-
vice, and information. In addition,
The Council on International Educa-
tionaltExchange - a non-profit,
private organization of which the
University is a member - adminis-
ters work abroad and volunteer work
The office tries "to advise people
to travel independently and as
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poll were released Oct. 1.
Only a quarter of those asked re-
sponded, said Judicial Poll Commit-
tee Chair Carol Hollenshead.
Respondents rated the two candi-
dates' technical qualifications, work
capacity, interpersonal skills, and
"I feel that I have a substantial
amount of experience on the bench,"
Thomassen said."I feel I'm a fair,
open-minded person, and I do a good
Thomassen said that one of his
goals is to develop a relationship be-
tween the court, the Ann Arbor po-
lice, and the University as it implc-
ments its private security force.
Thomassen has worked in the
cheaply as possible," said Jeannin
Lorenger, the international opportu-
International student ID card.,
youth hostel cards, Eurail passes,
and train passes for other countries
can be purchased at the office.
The office helped third-year stu-
dents Lisa Truax and Myriam
Zreczny plan a trip to Europe las4
The office "gave us information
on trains, and accommodations,
Truax said. The people were "really
friendly and helpful. It's not like we
just walked in and they forgot about
us; they kept looking for more in-
formation for us," she added.
Student comments are available
on trips, jobs, and study experiences.
The advisor and coordinator of the
office have both studied and lived
overseas, so they have first-hand
knowledge of what it is like.
15th District Court since 1969.
Berggren said in his' candidacy
statement that he hopes to briig
"much needed enthusiasm to the
bench, along with a spirit of caring,
humor and a deep moral commit-
ment." His 28 years of law-related
experience include defending and
prosecuting in the State of
Michigan, civil litigation, housing
law, and legal ethics in law school
courses dealing with legal problems
of the poor.
Berggren could not be reached fo*
The 15th District Court, located
on the sixth floor of City Hall, han-
dles local traffic violations, criminal,
and civil matters. Judicial elections
will be held as part of the general
election on Nov. 6.
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