Brain injury turns Italian man into Frenchman with poor language skills


spaminator
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Brain injury turns Italian man into Frenchman with poor language skills
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First posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 01:34 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, June 03, 2016 01:54 PM EDT
A brain injury has turned an Italian man French, even though he doesn't speak the language very well.
Scientists from the University of Edinburgh and the Somma Lombardo Hospital in Italy, detailed the man's odd condition in the medical journal Cortex.
The man, who is 50 and described only by his initials, JC, had a brain injury stemming from an arterial anomaly four years ago. Abruptly afterwards, he began to talk in French. He only reads French magazines, enjoys French movies and eats French food.
The researchers said JC's previous history with French amounted to high school language classes and a "fling" with a French woman while the man was in his 20s. This was the first time he had used the language in 30 years.
Despite his newfound desire to speak French -- what the scientists call a "compulsive foreign language syndrome" -- JC still can't speak it very well.
But what he lacks in accuracy, he makes up for in "exaggerated intonation," the scientists say.
And he doesn't let it get him down: "unjustified euphoria," they call it -- even offering to teach his neighbours how to speak French.
"When a trauma to the brain occurs -- due to a car accident or a stroke, tumour, or other causes -- some parts of the network may be spared while some others temporarily or irreversibly damaged," Regina Jokel, a speech-language pathologist told ABC News in 2010, after studying a Croatian teen who began speaking German.
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mentalfloss
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So he's still Italian.
 
Curious Cdn
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Well, if you take an Italian wine and cut it 50:50 with water, you get a French wine.
 
Blackleaf
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The last thing you want to happen is to wake up and discover that you've become French.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

The last thing you want to happen is to wake up and discover that you've become French.

Quoi?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Quoi?

Why would anyone want to be French?

Waking up and discovering you've suddenly become French would be a horror even greater than that felt by Gregor Samsa when he woke up to discover he's been transformed into a giant beetle.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

The last thing you want to happen is to wake up and discover that you've become French.

Silly Henlesh, youz hare alf French. Youz Hengesh are mutts; a leetle bit of dis an a leetle bit of dat. An de queen is alf German, alf leezard. Silly Henglesh. I fart in yor general direction.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

Silly Henlesh, youz hare alf French. Youz Hengesh are mutts; a leetle bit of dis an a leetle bit of dat. An de queen is alf German, alf leezard. Silly Henglesh. I fart in yor general direction.

There's very little Frog DNA in British DNA.

It's also a bit of a stretch to say the Queen is half German.