A Long Time Ago, We All Talked Like Yoda

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Today in news you can use (to amuse yourself while you learn something, too), there is evidence that early man (and woman) spoke like Yoda. Meaning: Not necessarily full of wisdom, but using a subject-object-verb (SOV) word order -- for example, "I you like" or "Me cookie want," as opposed to the Cookie Monster's "Me want cookie." Researchers also believe that all human languages came from one form, spoken in East Africa some 50,000 years ago, and that one form was Yoda-speak. Yoda-speak, that form was?

According to MSNBC,

Out of the 2,000 modern languages that fit in the family tree, the researchers found that more than half are SOV languages. The ones that are SVO [subject-verb-object], OVS [object-verb-subject] and OSV [object-subject-verb] all derive directly from SOV languages -- never the other way around. For example, French, which is SVO, derives from Latin, which is SOV.

Furthermore, languages that are VSO [verb-subject-order] and VOS [verb-object-subject] always derive from SVO languages. Thus, all languages descend from an original SOV word order - "which leads to the conclusion that the word order in the language from which all modern languages derive must have been SOV," Ruhlen wrote.

Linguists had previously argued that that SOV was the first word order because that's how kids learn to talk. Why word orders would switch, people don't really know. Strange, people are.

In any case, here are a few of our favorite Yoda phrases. Employ one today!

Yoda: Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away... to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.

Yoda: Stopped they must be; on this all depends. Only a fully trained Jedi Knight, with the Force as his ally, will conquer Vader and his Emperor. If you end your training now - if you choose the quick and easy path as Vader did - you will become an agent of evil.

Luke: I want my lamp back. I'm gonna need it to get out of this slimy mudhole.
Yoda: Mudhole? Slimy? My home this is!

Yoda: Size matters not.

Talk like Yoda? We may have originally [MSNBC]
Did our ancestors speak like Yoda? [The Week]

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Sjiveru
Sjiveru

Yoda speaks OSV, not SOV.

And surely there is a mechanism for a non-SOV language to become SOV. 

iHate_Cynics
iHate_Cynics

Actually his speech uses many linguistic topologies, all of which have certain pragmatic competence that emphasizes his ideas, points, and opinions. Watch the movies or read the scripts and you will realize his speech pattern topologies are not grounded to any one certain style.

Ezio Audit
Ezio Audit

Wouldn't it be funny if there were two classes of cave man, ones that spoke like yoda and the other that spoke like us?  I wonder if early man, in addition to talking like a little green elf, also used to act snooty to all the people who couldn't talk like them and wear their cool clothes, just like we do today: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/...

English is the best
English is the best

Many foreign languages still have a shade of this, putting the noun before the adjectives; English is the most advanced of all languages and allows for much more detail, specificity, and conciseness than anything ever spoken on the planet.

In English, one says, "This is the yellow cat's house."

In Spanish, one says, "This is the house of the cat yellow."

Clancasa
Clancasa

you're trolling arenchya?

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