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Creation 17(4):6
September 1995

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Creation Magazine Volume 17 Issue 4 CoverFirst published:
Creation 17(4):6
September 1995
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Human speech didn't evolve from animal grunts

Editor’s note: As Creation magazine has been continuously published since 1978, we are publishing some of the articles from the archives for historical interest, such as this. For teaching and sharing purposes, readers are advised to supplement these historic articles with more up-to-date ones available by searching creation.com.

'All assumptions that human speech developed gradually from animal grunts (the so-called woof-woof theories) or that gestures changed incrementally into audible language, cannot be sustained. Such erroneous hypotheses compare the specifics of human speech with the communication systems of animals. It can be stated emphatically that the essence of human speech is not communication. Communication exists everywhere in the animal kingdom. But human language is in the first place a knowledge medium; this encompasses an intellectual/spiritual access to the observable world. The essence of speech lies in the possibility of assigning specific meanings to articulated sounds, thereby making them mentally accessible.'

H. Gipper (linguist), Sprachursprung und Spracherwerb. In: Herrenalber Texte number HT66, 1985, pp. 65-88. As quoted by Werner Gitt, Did God Use Evolution?, CLV, Bielefeld (Germany), 1993.


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