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Geolingüistica de los lenguajes silbados del mundo, con un enfoque en el español silbado

Abstract : This article deals with the theme of geolinguistic variations of a special and little known traditional language practice which is based on whistling and called “whistled speech” (or sometimes “whistled languages”), which consists in speaking while whistling to communicate at long distance. The result is a melody which imitates modal speech and that remains intelligible for the interlocutors. We will first explore the diversity of languages that are whistled around the globe and how this phenomenon adapts to the variation of structures of different languages. Next we will observe that the populations that have developed this type of whistled form of their language live in natural environments that favor the isolation of individuals during their daily rural activities. Whistled speech exists in particular geolinguistic contexts that have in common the combination of the presence of traditional activities of subsistence (hunting, pastoralism, hill agriculture) with specific types of biotopes (dense forests and mountains). Finally, we present the geolinguistic variations that exist or have existed in a same language with the example of whistled Spanish which has been so far observed in several Canary Islands, but also in Mexico and in Andalusia.
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Julien Meyer, David Diaz. Geolingüistica de los lenguajes silbados del mundo, con un enfoque en el español silbado. Géolinguistique, Ellug, Grenoble puis UGA Éditions, 2018, 17, pp.99-124. ⟨10.4000/geolinguistique.373⟩. ⟨hal-01677987⟩



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