Famed linguist Noam Chomsky doesn't know who Baby Yoda is, thank you very much
- 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.
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:
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.
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