Whistled language

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Whistled languages use whistling to emulate speech and facilitate communication.wikipedia
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Whistling

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Whistled languages use whistling to emulate speech and facilitate communication.
On La Gomera, one of Spain's Canary Islands, a traditional whistled language, Silbo Gomero, is still used.

Silbo Gomero

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Silbo on the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands, based on Spanish, is one of the best-studied whistled languages (Rialland 2005).
Silbo Gomero (silbo gomero, 'Gomeran whistle'), also known as el silbo ('the whistle'), is a whistled register of Spanish used by inhabitants of La Gomera in the Canary Islands to communicate across the deep ravines and narrow valleys that radiate through the island.

Tone (linguistics)

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Generally, whistled languages emulate the tones or vowel formants of a natural spoken language, as well as aspects of its intonation and prosody, so that trained listeners who speak that language can understand the encoded message.
In languages of West Africa such as Yoruba, people may even communicate with so-called "talking drums", which are modulated to imitate the tones of the language, or by whistling the tones of speech.

Mazatecan languages

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However, in heavily tonal languages such as Mazatec and Yoruba, a large amount of information is conveyed through pitch even when spoken, and therefore extensive conversations may be whistled. Other whistled languages exist or existed in such parts of the world as Turkey (Kuşköy, "Village of the Birds"), France (the village of Aas in the Pyrenees), Mexico (the Mazatecs and Chinantecs of Oaxaca), South America (Pirahã), India (Kongthong village of Meghalaya), (the Chepang of Nepal), and New Guinea.
The centrality of tone to the Mazatec language is exploited by the system of whistle speech, used in most Mazatec communities, which allows speakers of the language to have entire conversations only by whistling.

Sochiapam Chinantec

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Sochiapam Chinantec has three different words for whistle-speech: sie 3 for whistling with the tongue against the alveolar ridge, jui̵ 32 for bilabial whistling, and juo 2 for finger-in-the-mouth whistling.
Like other Chinantec and Mazatec languages, Sochiapam Chinantec is noted for having whistled speech (produced only by men, but understood by all).

La Gomera

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Silbo on the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands, based on Spanish, is one of the best-studied whistled languages (Rialland 2005).
The inhabitants of La Gomera have an ancient way of communicating across deep ravines by means of a whistled speech called Silbo Gomero, which can be heard 2 miles away.

Transcendental whistling

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In early China, the technique of transcendental whistling was a kind of nonverbal language with affinities to the spiritual aspects of Daoist meditation.
While the English lexicon has diverse whistling vocabulary, such as whistled language and whistle register, it lacks a standard translation equivalent for Chinese changxiao, literally "long whistle/whistling".

Annie Rialland

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Silbo on the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands, based on Spanish, is one of the best-studied whistled languages (Rialland 2005).
Over the years, her work investigated a broad range of languages, mainly African (from various language families: Gur, Mandé, Atlantic, Bantu), but also French and the whistled language of La Gomera.

Chinantecan languages

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Other whistled languages exist or existed in such parts of the world as Turkey (Kuşköy, "Village of the Birds"), France (the village of Aas in the Pyrenees), Mexico (the Mazatecs and Chinantecs of Oaxaca), South America (Pirahã), India (Kongthong village of Meghalaya), (the Chepang of Nepal), and New Guinea.
The Chinantec people have practiced whistled speech since the pre-Columbian era.

Shona language

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However, some languages, like that of the Zezuru who speak a Shona-derived dialect, include articulation so that consonants interrupt the flow of the whistle.
Shona and other languages of Southern and Eastern Africa include whistling sounds, unlike most other languages where whistling signals a speech disorder (this should not be confused with whistled speech).

Pirahã language

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Other whistled languages exist or existed in such parts of the world as Turkey (Kuşköy, "Village of the Birds"), France (the village of Aas in the Pyrenees), Mexico (the Mazatecs and Chinantecs of Oaxaca), South America (Pirahã), India (Kongthong village of Meghalaya), (the Chepang of Nepal), and New Guinea.

Talking drum

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In continental Africa, speech may be conveyed by a whistle or other musical instrument, most famously the "talking drums".

Aas, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

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Other whistled languages exist or existed in such parts of the world as Turkey (Kuşköy, "Village of the Birds"), France (the village of Aas in the Pyrenees), Mexico (the Mazatecs and Chinantecs of Oaxaca), South America (Pirahã), India (Kongthong village of Meghalaya), (the Chepang of Nepal), and New Guinea.
Its shepherds maintained a whistled language until the 20th century.

Canary Islands

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Silbo on the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands, based on Spanish, is one of the best-studied whistled languages (Rialland 2005).

Bench language

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Bench has a whistled form used primarily by male speakers, which permits communication over greater distances than spoken Bench.

Language of the birds

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Whistled languages based on spoken natural languages are also sometimes referred to as the language of the birds.

Clangers

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They speak only in a whistled language.

Kickapoo whistled speech

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Whistled speech is a system of whistled communication that allows subjects to transmit and exchange a potentially unlimited set of messages over long distances.

Musical language

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Unlike tonal languages, focused on stress, and whistled languages, focused on pitch bends, musical languages distinguish pitches or rhythms.

Turkish bird language

Kuş diliancient whistled language
Other countries with whistling languages include the Canary Islands, Greece, Mexico, and Mozambique.

Bauzi language

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It is reported to use a mode of whistled speech.

Intonation (linguistics)

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Generally, whistled languages emulate the tones or vowel formants of a natural spoken language, as well as aspects of its intonation and prosody, so that trained listeners who speak that language can understand the encoded message.

Functional load

This might be because in tone languages the tone melody carries more of the functional load of communication while non-tonal phonology carries proportionally less.