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Whistle speeches

asked 2015-03-19 14:58:55 -0500

anonymous user


Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a French artist living in Paris, and I started to develop an art project about whistle languages. For this project, I am researching different types of whistle speeches from different cultures and origins.

I am writing to you today as I would like to know if there are any accessible sound archives of whistled language (ideally translated) that I could access and use for artistic purposes. Is there a way to consult these sound files? I am trying to get as much whistled sound files I can, to be able to work on this project.

If there is a way I can start this project with a ''library of whistled sounds'', I hope you'll be able to tell me how to access sound files (even better if translated, or subtitled videos). I don't have any specific trail and I don't know where to direct my research yet, as my only source of information is the internet right now. Please let me know if there is a specific person or organization to contact.

I hope you can help me in this research,

Thank you for reading this,

Best regards


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answered 2015-03-19 15:00:16 -0500

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This BBC report on Silbo Gomero has a few translated examples:

If you read Spanish, try the Silbo Gomero site itself, which contains samples of whistled dialogues, bibliography and research material:

Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

Hi, Stephanie,

I checked Wikipedia and found an article on whistle languages: (the external links have some sound recordings, eg.:) (has transcript, and 3 WAV, mp3 and RealMedia sound encodings)

You might also try Googling 'whistled languages' (with double quotes) or various synonyms and combinations. Good luck.


James L. Fidelholtz Graduate Program in Language Sciences Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades Benem'erita Universidad Aut'onoma de Puebla, M'EXICO

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