Saturday, 17 April 2010

An echo of Babel

Pieter Brueghel the Elder: The Tower of Babel (1563). Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

Doctors, nurses and Sandra Ralic’s parents are puzzled. Sandra, a 13-year old Croatian girl, had just begun studying German at school but after awakening from a coma she no longer understood her mother tongue. She spoke fluent German instead.

The hospital staff have to use a German interpreter so that Sandra is able to communicate with her parents who do not speak German.

Sandra Ralic’s case brings to mind the Genesis account of the dispersion of languages at Babel. It did not take thousands of years for languages to evolve but they were formed instantly.


Croatian girl switches to speaking in German after waking from coma. Daily Mirror. 12 April 2010

Croatian girl wakes up from coma speaking fluent German. Momento 24. 13 April 2010