Famed linguist Noam Chomsky doesn’t know who Baby Yoda is, thank you very much

Baby Yoda drinking soup. What more do you want?

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Baby Yoda drinking soup. What more do you want?
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  • A Twitter user from Australia wrote a heartfelt plea to Noam Chomsky about Baby Yoda. Unfortunately, he has no idea who that is.
  • In case you’re wondering, Noam Chomsky is one of the foremost scholars on linguistics and language (as well as being a noted political scholar)
  • Apparently he is also a Koko the gorilla truther.
  • Noam is definitely on one today.
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If you’ve been on the internet at any point in the last week, you’ve likely come across Baby Yoda: the tiny and adorable soup-drinking creature in a killer mockneck coat from “The Mandalorian.”

One person who has not become enraptured by the wee green fellow? Famed linguist and scholar Noam Chomsky.

Behold:

Twitter user Jessica Yu sent Chomsky an email asking him to speculate on Baby Yoda’s capacity to learn a language, as his communicative abilities have thus far been limited to uttering “certain sounds resembling a human child.”

Chomsky responded curtly: “Never heard of Baby Yoda, I’m afraid.”

It was like this:

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After Yu sent him a follow-up email – asking about Koko the gorilla, famous for communicating with hand signs, and about memes in general, as one does – Chomsky told her he had no thoughts about memes.

No thoughts about memes. How dare he?

Chomsky, of course, is perhaps the most famous linguist alive today, a pioneer in the field of cognitive science, and an outspoken political scholar. (He is also, it seems, a Koko the gorilla truther.)

When Yu asked whether Baby Yoda might use sign language, similar to Koko the gorilla – who famously learned to use sign language to communicate with her handlers – Chomsky shattered her illusions.

“Koko didn’t sign, as far as we know,” he wrote. “Her trainer refused to release the relevant evidence.’

Try Judith Butler next time, Baby Yoda.