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Not So Strange, Yoda-Speak Once Was

Posted By Eric on October 14, 2011

A ground-breaking scientific discovery published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that the language of early humans "sounded somewhat like the speech of Yoda, the tiny green Jedi from 'Star Wars.'"

According to LiveScience.com:

There are various word orders used in the languages of the world. Some, like English, use subject-verb-object (SVO) ordering, as in the sentence "I like you." Others, such as Latin, use subject-object-verb (SOV) ordering, as in "I you like." In rare cases, OSV, OVS, VOS and VSO are used. In a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Merritt Ruhlen and Murray Gell-Mann, co-directors of the Santa Fe Institute Program on the Evolution of Human Languages, argue that the original language used SOV ordering ("I you like").

"I you like"? Sounds like Yoda to me! Check out the full article on LiveScience.com.


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