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Man wakes from coma speaking new language

Posted on Friday, 28 December, 2012 | Comment icon 37 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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When 81-year-old Alun Morgan suffered from a stroke he woke up to find that he could speak Welsh.

Now retired, Alun lives with his wife in Somerset and before the stroke only spoke English. His only exposure to the Welsh language was when he had been temporarily evacuated to Wales during World War II. At that time he had been surrounded by Welsh speakers but had never picked up the language himself. Nonetheless, upon awakening from his stroke Alun found that Welsh was the only language he was able to speak.

"I'd not lived in Wales since I was evacuated there during the war," he said. "Gradually the English words came back, but it wasn't easy." It is believed that during his time in Wales the language had subconsciously sunk in without him realizing it and that the brain damage he suffered as a result of the stroke had somehow awakened those memories within in.

"An Englishman who suffered a stroke has surprised doctors after he woke up speaking fluent Welsh."

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Comment icon #28 Posted by stevemagegod on 30 December, 2012, 4:39
Hahah, i had to read it twice to make sure you weren't trolling lol
Comment icon #29 Posted by stevemagegod on 30 December, 2012, 4:43
So then i could end up speaking in Japanese if i end up in a coma(i hope not) since i watch a lot of Japanese Anime with English subtitles. Since i never learned the language properly just listened to it and tried to follow along.
Comment icon #30 Posted by KainFall on 30 December, 2012, 5:00
Theres actually a disorder for that... Where your mind transcends the japaneese language and the english subtitles and puts patterns together and you could end up having like a stroke or something and the english part become dead and become dependant on the Japaneese subtitles lol.. I just call it insanity...
Comment icon #31 Posted by Abramelin on 31 December, 2012, 4:17
Our brains use 15% of their power... at the same time. If it used all of it at the same time, you'd have an epileptic fit
Comment icon #32 Posted by Abramelin on 31 December, 2012, 4:23
It only tells us again what we already know: that kids pick up a language much faster than adults do.
Comment icon #33 Posted by ReddWolfe on 12 February, 2013, 17:28
the welsh language must be pretty catchy.
Comment icon #34 Posted by yearofthehater on 12 February, 2013, 23:05
As well as being able to speak welsh i wonder if he had a strange penchant for sheep
Comment icon #35 Posted by mfluder on 13 February, 2013, 17:57
While I agree that some cases of xenoglossia seem to perhaps point to a past life, it seems he was exposed to this language at an early age. An age where it is possible to pick up knowledge that precise without ever needing study it. It's in there, somewhere...just like where you put that important slip of paper or what you had for dinner eight weeks ago Tuesday. I'd say that is a much more likely explanation.
Comment icon #36 Posted by acute alan on 17 February, 2013, 20:07
How does an 'Englishman' get such a Welsh name? Alun [spelled the Welsh way] and Morgan [Welsh]

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