Saturday, April 25, 2015

How Yoda Speaks English

With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon, we might return to our fascination with Yoda-talk. As a posting on Grammar Girl points out:

Clearly Yoda is communicating using English words, and we understand what he means, so in that sense it's real. Yoda makes words plural the way we normally make words plural and conjugates his verbs the same way we do. The only difference between standard English and Yodish (as some websites call it) is the word order.

Yet, Yoda sometimes uses standard English word order, particularly when he is making a serious statement:

"The fear of loss is a path to the dark side."

“A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.”

For a detailed analysis of “Yodic,” please click here.


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