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Yoda: Speaking Hawaiian, I am.

A PROFESSOR of linguistics believes he has worked out Yoda's native language - Hawaiian.

David Adger, of Queen Mary University of London, has investigated what language the famous green character would have been speaking after he was born, around 900 years before events in Star Wars.

He used "linguistic detective work" and a process called "transfer" to reach his conclusions. He said: "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.

"You use English words but retain some of the structures from that native language."

The professor has concluded that Yoda's original language, which he "grew up speaking", was Hawaiian.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Dec 22, 2017
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