With ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ once again bringing an interest in all things ‘Star Wars,’ there was an interesting look into the little green Jedi Master that we’ve all fallen in love with over the years – Yoda. Specifically, someone took the time to analyze his speaking structure to learn what dialect Frank Oz uses in order to bring Yoda to life initially in ‘‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back‘ and beyond!
A linguistics professor named David Adger from the Queen Mary University of London looked into this very thing. As an ancient creature, Yoda was born 900 years before the events of the movies. We know that English, or the Star Wars equivalent of it, isn’t his first language. David ended up using “linguistic detective work” and has shared that Yoda is from Hawaii! Or, whoever taught him English was at least.
According to the professor:
“All the other creatures in Star Wars speak their own languages. With the Ewoks, Wookiees and Jabba The Hutt they subtitle a chunk of it, so they’re all speaking their own language.
“Yoda comes from a mysterious planet and (Star Wars creator) George Lucas never tells us anything about Yoda … he’s meant to be this mysterious Jedi Master.
“But he’s obviously speaking English as a second language … His real language, which I’ve called Yodish, we don’t know anything about.
“He’s speaking English but changed the structure of it to be like his native language.
“We can find out something about Yoda’s native language by looking at how he speaks English, in the same way as I can find out about a French person’s native language by looking at how that French person speaks English.’
“Yoda says things like “the greatest teacher failure is”… If you were to say that in a language like Hawaiian … it would be almost exactly the same … putting the predicate before the subject.”
It’s an exciting thought and having known a couple of residents of Hawaii, my only question is why I didn’t make this connection sooner. I can completely see replacing Yoda’s voice with either of theirs and the way of talking is exactly the same.
Do you think Yoda may have spent some time on a galaxy far far away that was known as the Milky Way Galaxy? Could Yoda have spent some time on Earth in his 900 years of living before the events of ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ or did he come across someone else that did? Share your thoughts below!