Evolution doesn't explain language ability (Talk.Origins)
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Evolution does not explain the evolution of language ability.
- Yahya, Harun, 2004. Errors concerning human intelligence on the BBC's Horizon programme.
- Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1985. Life--How Did It Get Here? Brooklyn, NY, pp. 174-175.
Talk Origins’ response ignores several factors of language:
- The meaning of words is arbitrary; words need to originate from one individual and then be taught to a group before they can be useful.
- Language has syntax and grammatical structures that differ from language to language.
- Information theory and experience show that random changes in language will hamper communication. For example, slang is often unintelligible outside the group that uses it.