Yet the Bridey Murphy story soon fell apart under a close examination of the facts, as many of her claimed memories did not fit historical facts. Yet her defenders insisted that something unexplained must be afoot, because Tighe spoke with an Irish accent yet had never been to Ireland.
The mystery vanished (and, with it, the "best case" for reincarnation) when it was revealed that as a child Tighe often visited an Irish immigrant neighbor (named Bridie Murphy), from whom she picked up details about Ireland, along with an exposure to an authentic Irish accent.
In other cases, people who are suspected of being possessed by demons (and subsequently subjected to exorcisms) are sometimes said to speak in languages they never learned-even dead languages such as Aramaic, from the time of Jesus. Sensationalized depictions of this appear in films such as The Exorcist. Most people can pick up foreign accents of modern languages from TV and films, but what about dead languages? Is that possible?
As it turns out, no. In cases of xenoglossia, the unknown "language" that a person is speaking turns out to be no language at all. Though it may sound like a mysterious language-complete with convincing cadence and intonations-it is really only gibberish. Yet xenoglossia or glossolalia speakers are not necessarily faking.