Alun Morgan, 81, was evacuated to Wales in World War II as a child and had never learned the language.But when he regained consciousness after the serious stroke, he was FLUENT in it.(the sun)
Wow! The guy became fluent just by having a stroke?! amazing!
An English man woke from a stroke to discover that the only language he could speak was Welsh. Alun Morgan, 81, was forced to re-learn his native tongue, despite the fact that he had never been able to speak fluent Welsh. (Daily Mail)
OMG! That’s incredible but didn’t you say he used to live in Wales as a child?
During his time there he was surrounded by Welsh speakers but never learned the language himself (Telegraph)
Astounding, so what you’re saying is he basically knew no Welsh,but just started speaking it! Tell me more!
An 81-year-old Englishman woke after a serious stroke to discover he could speak Welsh – despite spending only a few months there as an evacuee during the Second World War. Morgan grew up speaking English, but after his stroke, lost the ability to communicate in any language but Welsh, even though he was last there 70 years ago. (independant)
Apart from the single, short spell, the retiree has spent his life in England,
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although his grandmother – with whom he lived during the war – was a Welsh speaker, as is his wife.
He lived in Aberaeron, in mid Wales, for four years from the age of nine (BBC)
Huh!? So now a few months is a few years!??! And while he was a child, -y’know that time in our lives when language learning tends to be a bit less troublesome?!
Both Mr Morgan’s parents also spoke Welsh (Mail)
Srsly? are you kidding me?
“We were London Welsh and I learned a bit of Welsh when I was in London. Then, when I was evacuated to Wales during the war, we spoke it virtually all the time because my aunt didn’t speak much English, so I had to pick it up very quickly.”(BBC)
Now the interesting part is that after she woke up from the coma she could speak German a lot more fluently than before and not a word in Croatian. My guess is that Sepsis caused a brain damage in left temporal lobe. Probably mostly in Broca’s Area, thus disabling her in speaking Croatian but not damaging her knowledge of German language. At that point her brain probably switched to best alternative and her passive knowledge of German sprang to life. Without possibility to fall back to Croatian vocabulary there is no dilemma in which words to choose and how to use them so her German must have sounded a lot better to doctors and her parents. (neurologica blog)