I'm reading the novelization of The Force Awakens, and the word "Shyriiwook" doesn't appear in the text. Instead, the book refers to it solely as "the Wookiee language".

Is "Shyriiwook" still the canonical name of the language spoken by Wookiees?

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    It most likely means the writer didn't know there WAS a name. Disney probably hasn't set a lot of guideline standards. They got rid of what was in place and didn't standardize anything yet. Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 3:59
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    @Thaddeus - in general, what you said may have merit. In case of TFA novelization, the writer is Alan Dean Foster. He LITERALLY wrote the book on Star Wars. As in, The book "Star Wars". The novelization of Episode IV. While it's not impossible that he didn't know... I find it somewhat unlikely. Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 4:00
  • So he couldn't be bothered in other words. Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 4:00
  • @Thaddeus - Not to mention, I'd be floored if LSG didn't vet the Official Novelization. Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 4:01
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    @Thaddeus - I assumed that it was either noncanonical now, or it wasn't deemed to be the kind of information that the casual reader should be expected to know.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 4:08

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Yes, absolutely it is.

It's directly mentioned in the Star Wars: Lost Stars novel, a part of the new "Journey to the Force Awakens" series

Thane believed she was too trusting, but it was her ship and her business. She’d run a freighter for a couple of centuries without his help, so he figured she could size people up well enough. As he’d learned to understand Shyriiwook better, he’d realized how intelligent his captain was.

This is backed up in Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

3 Wookiee Languages: Shyriiwook, Thykarann, Xaczik

along with a handy translation guide offering some useful phrases to memorise:

How to speak Shyriiwook

"WYAAAAAA!" = "Hello!"
"AARRR WGH GGWAH" = "Jump to hyperspace"
"ROOOARRGH UR ROO" = "I have a bad feeling about this"
"WWWAH RRROOOAAAH WHA?" = "Want to play some holo-chess?"

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    haha that translation guide is priceless Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 16:46
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit - Actually there's a little more. I was debating whether to bother adding it, but since you've mentioned it...
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 16:47
  • I think the length of your answer is perfect as it is, and a good comedian knows how not to belabour a joke :) Good things come in threes etc. Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 16:49


The three Wookiee languages are Shyriiwook, Thykarann and Xaczik.

(src: Sun's "20 fun facts from new book Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know")

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