Ruhlen isn't unpopular with just "some linguists". Rather, his approach to classification is rejected by the great majority of historical linguists. Not only is his method of demonstrating genetic relationship considered unreliable, but serious problems have been found in the data he uses. Moreover, he does not have any technique for classifying languages. In order to classify, it isn't sufficient to be able to show a relationship - you've got to be able to show degrees of relationship - and Ruhlen has never explained how he can do that or offered evidence for his claims.
"Richard Feynman, Gell-Mann's chief competitor for the title of the World's Smartest Man but a stranger to pretension, once encountered Gell-Mann in the hall outside their offices at Caltech and asked him where he had been on a recent trip; "Moon-TRAY-ALGH!" Gell-Mann responded in a French accent so thick that he sounded as if he were strangling. Feynman -- who, like Gell-Mann, was born in New York City -- had no idea what he was talking about. "Don't you think," he asked Gell-Mann, when at length he had ascertained that Gell-Mann was saying "Montreal," "that the purpose of language is communication?" (link)
I generally assumed that Yoda's native language must be OSV, and he reverts to it when he is concentrating on something more important than either proper English or making sure he is being perfectly understandable in English.
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