Our Ancestors spoke like “Yoda”

Posted: 21st October 2011 by Absurd Stories in People
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New research as shown that our Human Ancestors spoke like Yoda

Do you think you talk like Yoda? Two linguists say your ancestors did.

The latest set of studies from the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" suggests that the "proto-human languages" of 50,000 years ago mimicked the speaking patterns of the now famous Star Wars character Yoda.

The study centred on to what degree parts of speech have evolved like over time. Most brand-new languages use a subject-verb-object (SVO) configuration. A related example would be, "I like 'Star Wars.'", however many of the now dead languages, use a subject-object-verb (SOV) structure, meaning the sentence comes out as "I 'Star Wars' like."

Stanford University's Merritt Ruhlen and Murray Gell-Mann of Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico used these structures plus a number of others to analyse approximately 2,200 languages, dead and alive.  Their results showed that SOV structures along with various alternative sentence patterns always preceded SVO structures, without exception.

"This language would have been spoken by a small East African population who seemingly invented fully modern language and then spread around the world, replacing everyone else," Ruhlen explained in an interview.

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