Star Wars Grammar By Yoda

Yoda Grammar

Something for Star Wars grammar lovers.

There is nothing better than a little inverted Yoda grammar to get the purists’ teeth gnashing.

This fantastic infographic gives a few examples of Yoda speak, which I have to admit, I love.

From inverted word order, or inversion, to dropping auxiliaries, moving modifiers, all the way through to dropping the negative auxiliary. What fun.

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He even changes the verb-subject order, when the fancy takes him.

While this is a fun little read, what this infographic really says, is that grammar is a flexible set of general rules.

They can be modified, changed, and interpreted in a number of ways.

However, it pays to know the rules first, before you decide to bend or break them.

So enjoy this taste of Yoda Star Wars grammar, courtesy of Grammarly, and try not to gnash your teeth too much.

Yoda Grammar

Star Wars Grammar By Yoda Body
Courtesy of Grammarly

Explaining Yoda Speak

There’s also a great article in the Atlantic that goes into the details of the construction of Yoda language.

You should read the whole article, but here is a snippet.

But what’s actually going on with Yoda, linguistically? First, let’s examine how Yoda doesn’t speak. Many of the world’s most-spoken languages—English, Mandarin—are built around constructions that go subject-verb-object. An example would be: Yoda grasped the lightsaber.

Another common construction, and one you’d find more commonly among speakers of Japanese, Albanian, and many other languages, goes subject-object-verb: Yoda the lightsaber grasped. More rare is a verb-subject-object construction, but that’s how people who speak Hawaiian and some Celtic languages do it: Grasped Yoda the lightsaber.

Even more unusual is the way Yoda famously speaks, ordering his sentences object-subject-verb, or OSV: The lightsaber Yoda grasped. Or, to use an example from an actual Yoda utterance: “Much to learn, you still have.”

 

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Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent teaching English and writing, as well as testing and taming new technology.

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2 thoughts on “Star Wars Grammar By Yoda

  • Avatar for Goldie
    January 8, 2018 at 3:16 am
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    Yoda Grammar! really fascinates me it can create and bring about a rythmic pace and harmony in someone’s poetic soul

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