Midnight In The Desert — language

Arizona Woman Wakes Up Speaking in Different Accents

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Arizona Woman Wakes Up Speaking in Different Accents

45-year-old Michelle Myers, from Phoenix, Arizona, suffers from Foreign Accent Syndrome, a very rare condition that causes her to speak in various foreign accents – British, Australian, Irish – despite having never traveled outside of the United States. Myers was diagnosed with the unusual condition in 2015, when, after going to bed with a pounding headache, she woke up unable to speak and with the left part of her body completely numb. She was taken to the nearby West Valley Hospital in Goodyear, where doctors said she was suffering from aphasia, loss of speech, symptoms associated with strokes or brain...

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Paramount wants to kill a fan-film by claiming copyright on the Klingon language

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Paramount wants to kill a fan-film by claiming copyright on the Klingon language

The crowdfunded, critically successful fan-film Prelude to Axanar has been in Paramount's cross-hairs since late last year, when the studio filed suit against the film's producers. In a fresh round of briefs, Paramount has expanded on the rationale for their copyright claims, including their claim to Klingon (which they erroneously claim has no speakers). Ever since linguist Marc Okrand formalized his work on the Klingon language as a consultant on Star Trek films and published The Klingon Dictionary, the legal status of the synthetic language has been the subject of controversy. From the earliest days, Paramount asserted a copyright over...

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