What is Yoda's speech called? Is there a particular name for it (such as "dangling...")?
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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).
Just saw a question about the topic not too long ago ;P
This style is found in certain forms of poetry. One example of Yoda's speech, "Sorry, but go you must." instead of "Sorry, but you must go." is seen attached to this small article.
Here's a small example calling on the same phrase in a technical analogy from the University of Baltimore
here's a fairly thorough discussion of Yodish
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