The mystery of Yoda’s true background has been reportedly solved by a professor who claims that the tiny Jedi master is from an island that’s not so far, far away.
Linguistics professor David Adger says that Yoda’s famously confused back-to-front speech patterns are proof that he actually ‘grew up’ in Hawaii.
Professor Adger, an expert at Queen Mary University of London, claims that he reached the unexpected conclusion after undertaking “linguistic detective work” to prove that the tiny screen icon originally spoke Hawaiian.
“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”, he explained to the Press Association.
“Yoda comes from a mysterious planet and 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 added: “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.
“Yoda says things like, ‘The greatest teacher, failure is’. If you were to say that in Hawaiian it would be almost exactly the same – putting the predicate before the subject.
“Whatever the scriptwriters are doing is not too far off the mark from what Hawaiian is like.”
It’s certainly an interesting theory – and one that could be explained in future Star Wars installments after Yoda made his return as a force ghost in The Last Jedi.