Answers Update: AiG’s weekly email newsletter
December 30, 2006 

Print-FriendlyWeekly News | Prayer | Events | AiG Home

 Weekly News        

Q: Since some monkeys make a lot of noise and can even use simple sign language, is it possible they might ever learn to speak?

A: It’s true that some monkeys and apes, lured along by rewards, have been able to learn what might be called a simple sign language. But it’s been discovered that monkeys lack the key principle common to all human languages—something called “phrase structure grammar.”

An example of phrase structure grammar would be a sentence that uses the words “if” and “then.” These two words enable us to communicate opinions and complex social ideas, as there are many concepts that an unstructured string of words could never communicate.

Unsurprisingly, the discovery that monkeys lack this key ability has dashed some scientists’ hopes that monkeys could be trained to master a complex language.

No matter how hard evolutionists try to make apes and monkeys our relatives, they always end up finding themselves at a loss for words (excuse the pun). Only humans have the ability to communicate using complex grammar patterns, because God made man in His image with the ability to communicate with Him—and with each other—starting from the very beginning.

Read some recent findings regarding the genetics of language at FOXP2 and the non-evolution of human language.

Recommended resources:

The NEW Answers Book
The NEW Answers Book
Image of God or Planet of Apes
Image of God or Planet of Apes
The Image of God
The Image of God
If Animals Could Talk
If Animals Could Talk

Share your thoughts on this week’s newsletter. We value your feedback. Also, feel free to pass along this newsletter to your family and friends.

This week on

December 23: News to Note
December 26: Help us “get the Word out!”
December 26: Hollywood Goes to War
December 27: The Origin of Oil
December 28: Still trying to make ice cores old
December 28: The Lie, chapter 8: The Evils of Evolution
December 29: Feedback: A dialogue with an OEC

News to Note


This week’s After Eden cartoon:

After Eden is a simple, one-panel, biblical cartoon for the whole family to enjoy. Check back every Monday for a new laugh at


Sign up to become an AiG prayer partner!

View this week’s current requests. Thanks for praying!

 Upcoming AiG Events       

January 6–7
Lady Lake, Florida
Dr. John Whitcomb

January 7
Wilmington, Ohio
Buddy Davis

January 7
Cincinnati, Ohio
Dr. Tommy Mitchell

January 7
Cincinnati, Ohio
Carl Kerby

January 13–14
Ennis, Texas
Video Conference

January 14–15
New Market, Tennessee
Carl Kerby

January 19–20
North Canton, Ohio
Dr. Terry Mortenson

January 21
Naperville, Illinois
Mike Riddle

January 27
Birmingham, Michigan
Carl Kerby

January 30
Vermilion, Ohio
Bodie Hodge

Handmade Ragtime Quilts

Answers magazine and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

If you have changed your email address you can unsubscribe and then sign up again with your new email address at

If you are not a current subscriber of this newsletter but would like to become one, sign up at

Answers in Genesis
2800 Bullittsburg Church Road
Petersburg, KY 41080

Read this newsletter online.