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Bilingualism: Stephen Colbert's 'truthiness' inspires a language

from Los Angeles Times

First, Stephen Colbert had a beetle named after him. Now he's got a whole language. Scientists at Northwestern University, created a set of nouns for "Colbertian," which they could use to test the effects of bilingualism. The study, released online by the journal Cognitive Science, found that bilingual speakers experienced less cognitive "interference" from their native language than monolinguals did when listening to speech in the newly acquired Colbertian. The results show that bilinguals may have a leg up on monolinguals when they're picking up a new language. more


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