Yoda speaks in normal English with few words misplaced, mostly initial or middle words in the end. Does this kind of English have some term name associated with it?

  • Related (and also this)
    – Walt
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 10:09
  • @Walt Checked here but not on english.SE
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 10:10
  • Of course there isn't. Yoda isn't even speaking english. That's Galactic Basic.
    – cde
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 10:38
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    @Richard I guessed so, but this isn't what Community Wiki is for. More often that not we're simply linking/quoting/summarizing existing content anyway. You still answered the question with a proper answer. Community Wiki's primary intent is not to abstain from any reputation gain of the post (be they positive or negative) but for answers directly built by community collaboration. When quoting large parts from other third party sites and works you don't use Community Wiki either, why should this be different when that third party site is another SE site?
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 13:51
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    @Richard But it's not a "team effort" at all. It was written by you alone and nobody has any intent to edit it substantially. It was no team effort if it's copied from an entirely different site, that's the point.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 14:04

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Drawing heavily on the answers to a similar question on English:SE (What term can be used to describe Yoda's speech?);

""Hyperbaton and Anastrophe"

  1. Hyperbaton: An inversion of normal word order. A generic term for a variety of figures involving transposition (see below), it is sometimes synonymous with anastrophe.

  2. Anastrophe: Usually synonymous and occasionally referred to as a more specific instance of hyperbaton: the changing of the position of only a single word.


This is more a linguistics question than an English language question in my opinion.

The quality of Yoda's speech that makes it sound strange to English speakers - and the speakers of the majority of earth's langauges is that it uses a very uncommon linguistic typology or word ordering known as Object-Subject-Verb (OSV) or sometimes Object-Agent-Verb (OAV).

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