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Friday 18 April 2014

Englishman starts talking fluent Welsh after stroke

An Englishman has woken up after a stroke and started speaking fluent Welsh.

Alun Morgan (81) was evacuated to Wales during the Second World War and during his time there he never picked up the native tongue.

His wife Yvonne was the only person who could understand him and had to translate for doctors.

Doctors have diagnosed Mr Morgan with aphasia, a form of brain damage that causes a shift in the language centre of the brain.

Aphasia can also result in a disorder known as Foreign Accent Syndrome, which causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker talks with a foreign accent.

Irish Independent

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