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Vowel surgery: brain op boy baffles doctors after waking up with 'posh’ RP accent

A ten-year-old boy who underwent life-saving brain surgery has astonished doctors by emerging with a different accent.

William McCartney-Moore fell seriously ill with a rare strain of meningitis last March and had an operation to remove fluid on his brain.

But in the weeks since his treatment, William, from York, has lost his northern twang and acquired the elongated vowels of received pronunciation (RP).

His mother, Ruth McCartney-Moore, said: "He survived the operation and the most amazing thing is that he came out of surgery with a completely different accent."

The family first noticed the change in William’s accent after he left hospital in April: "We went on a family holiday to Northumberland and he was playing on the beach and he said 'Look, I’ve made a sand castle’ but really stretched the vowels, which made him sound really posh."

"We all just stared back at him — we couldn’t believe what we had heard because he had a northern accent before his illness. He had no idea why we were staring at him — he just thought he was speaking normally."

William’s illness began with a headache and a high temperature, she said. "A few days later he had a massive seizure."

William was rushed to hospital and doctors found he had meningitis and empyema — or pus on the brain — and he was operated on.

Mrs McCartney-Moore, 45, a music teacher said: "All the doctors and surgeons thought he was going to die. Before he went in I cut off a lock of his hair to keep.

"He lost everything. He couldn’t read or write, he couldn’t recognise things and he’d lost all his social skills."

But 18 months on, William has made a near-total recovery.

His mother added: "It’s bizarre, but I think it has worked in his favour because we all smile when he does it and it has brought a bit of humour into the situation."

Phil Edge, the head of therapy services for international charity Brainwave, said it is rare for a child to change accents after surgery.

"Some people believe … that the [brain] cells that are damaged can’t be replaced and other cells take over — so here he has re-learned how to speak with a different accent.

"It is not very common, I have worked here 20 years and can’t think of an instance where a child has spoken with a different accent after surgery."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/18/nvoice118.xml
 
#2
Good. The plan to re-educate the neanderthals huddled together in group accomodation for warmth is slowly taking shape.

"Infiltrate, educate, rehabilitate".
 
#3
Just goes to show, you have to be brain damaged to talk like a shandy swilling, semi French, southern puff
 
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SparkySteve said:
Or that surgery is required to attain levels of intelligence unprecedented north of the Watford Gap?
Yes, but don't gloat about your lobotomy. haveing half your brain removed is the only way anyone would talk like a southen wakner.
 
#6
Following the decline of Roman rule in the early fifth century AD, the Angles came to the region from the area around the border between Denmark and Germany. The language they spoke evolved into a number of English dialects often grouped together under the term Northumbrian.

One theory why our accent has remained strong and distinctive is that, since the Anglo-Saxons, subsequent invasions left the North East increasingly linguistically isolated.

Another reason is thought to be that Northerners are not bum bandits like your average Southern surrender monkey.
 
#7
I hope the lad concerned makes a full recovery, including reverting to speaking properly and not like a southerner.

However, it could have been much, much worse; there are documented cases of people awaking following a severe head injury speaking French!*




*For the benefit of the pedants who will invariably ask, this does not mean French patients, but people who have never spoken French before...
 
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ViroBono said:
I hope the lad concerned makes a full recovery, including reverting to speaking properly and not like a southerner.

However, it could have been much, much worse; there are documented cases of people awaking following a severe head injury speaking French!*


*For the benefit of the pedants who will invariably ask, this does not mean French patients, but people who have never spoken French before...
Oh the humanity!
 
#9
BlotBangRub said:
ViroBono said:
I hope the lad concerned makes a full recovery, including reverting to speaking properly and not like a southerner.

However, it could have been much, much worse; there are documented cases of people awaking following a severe head injury speaking French!*


*For the benefit of the pedants who will invariably ask, this does not mean French patients, but people who have never spoken French before...
Oh the humanity!
:D :D :D :D
 
#10
I would implore the cream of Northern aristocracy which i imagine to be represented here, to categorise my accent (one with a heavy mockney twang) into the same as French.

They sound oh so similar :roll:

I have stated before that the only difference between regional accents in the North lies in the words that they mis-pronounce!
 
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SparkySteve said:
I would implore the cream of Northern aristocracy which i imagine to be represented here, to categorise my accent (one with a heavy mockney twang) into the same as French.

They sound oh so similar :roll:

I have stated before that the only difference between regional accents in the North lies in the words that they mis-ronounce!
The North East accent happens to be the closest to real English, our dialect is unpolluted by any filthy French infuence or worse still Ali G type twang.

THE OLDEST LIVING ENGLISH


The Angles and Saxons brought with them to Britain a language which was the forerunner of modern English and indeed it was the Angles of Denmark that gave England its name - meaning the Angle land. Over the centuries the old Anglo Saxon language changed beyond recognition with the gradual introduction of Latin, Norman-French and other foreign influences.

Today the only part of England where the original Anglo-Saxon language has survived to any great extent is of course the North East. Here the old language survives in a number of varieties, the most notable of which are Northumbrian and Geordie. It is from the ancient Germanic and Scandinavian language of the Angles that the unique local dialects of Northumberland, Durham and Tyneside, all primarily owe their origins.

So stick that in your pipe and smoke it you southern puffs!

:D
 
#12
Taken from `Mother Tongue´ by Bill Bryson:

"In the country inns of a small corner of northern Germany, in the spur of land connecting Schleswig-Holstein to Denmark, you can sometimes hear people talking in what sounds eerily like a lost dialect of English. Occasional snatches of it even make sense, as when they say that the `veather ist cold´ or inquire of the time by asking `What ist de clock?´ According to Professor Hubertus Menke, head of the German Department at Kiel University, the language is `very close to the way people spoke in Britain more than 1,000 years ago." This shouldn`t entirely surprise us. This area of Germany, called Angeln, was once the seat of the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that 1,500 years ago crossed the North Sea to Britain, where they displaced the native Celts and gave the world what would one day become its most prominent language."

The Cad has some quite prominent, high-carat support for his assertions. So get with it Southerners, if yer wanna learn `ow to speak proper English, start spending time up Norf!

Talking about dialects and suchlike, I was born in Germany (shortly after the last big live-firing escapade) and brought up in North Nottinghamshire. My last job in UK before moving over to Germany was based in Ashford, Kent. One night in the pub I came into conversation with someone who studies dialects and suchlike. After a few minutes conversation he assured me that the dialect I have is not that of North Nottinghamshire, but of Pinxton (near Alfreton) in Derbyshire!

Total perplexation, I vaguely recall visiting the area once but never lived there. Then the penny dropped - my father was a former resident of the area. Thus - it would appear that the "natural" accent/dialect you pick up is related to the first sentences heard when still in your nappy - and it never really leaves you, despite many years in the Army and being exposed to any number of dialects.
 
#13
Howay, the lads.
 

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