Languages and Evolution: The Complexity of Languages is Decreasing

According to Darwin’s theory, speech and language are the result of evolution and they advance from simple to complex. But linguists have observed exactly the opposite. The older a language, the more complex its structure, grammar and the quantity and shape of its symbols. Just think of Egyptian hieroglyphs or the Chinese language. Even Latin and Greek grammar is more complex than English.

Languages become simpler with time, they devolve. The process of languages acquiring more words as science advances shouldn’t mislead you. This doesn’t mean an increase in complexity but an increase in information content.

There are no primitive languages, declares Dr. Mason, who is a specialist on American languages… In fact, many of the languages of non-literate peoples are far more complex than modern European ones… Languages have evolved from the complex to the simple. (Science News Letter, September 3, 1955, p.148.)

In ancient times, spaces, punctuation, sentences and paragraphs were not used in written language: the text was a string of letters or symbols; and they were still understood. This and their complexity shows that ancient men were very intelligent.

One of the oldest languages we have written records of is Sanskrit. Sanskrit was spoken and written by the people of India in ancient times. It is one of the ancestors of modern writing techniques. The words are written together in this language. When joining two words, both end-letters are replaced with another one, different for each combination. We will present this method on a simple English sentence (based on Vance Ferrell, Evolution Disproved Series, Origin of Life, Ancient Man, 1992, p.634.):

As spoken: I got up at five thirty yesterday morning.

As written:  Robmxivfhirtzesterdagorning.

We’ve replaced “I” and “g” with “R”, “t” and “u” with “b”, “p” and “a” with “m”, “t” and “f” with “x”, “e” and “t” with “f”, “y” and “y” with “z”, “y” and “m” with “g”.

People who could easily and quickly read and write these long rows of letters, must have had powerful minds.

All ancient languages we know of were not only complex, but also fully developed. We do not have records of primitive, half-developed languages.

Yet it is incredible that the first language could have been the most complex! (George Gaylord Simpson, Biology and Man, p.116.)

 

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Fragment of the Book of Isaiah on an ancient manuscriptThe Gospels written in Greek using only lower case from the 10th century

 


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From the online edition of Dr. Walt Brown’s book, In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood.