Invented Language Inspired by Stephen Colbert

Posted Wednesday July 11, 2012 8:15 AM GMT

Northwestern University researchers named a made-up language after the famous alumnus as part of a language learning study.

Researchers at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., said they have invented a language named for famed alumni Stephen Colbert.

Viorica Marian, associate professor of communication sciences, said her team needed to invent a new language to conduct research into whether knowing multiple languages makes learning a new language easier, and they chose Colbert as the language's inspiration due to his tendency to invent new words as part of his political satire.

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