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Turkish communities communicate via 'bird language'


Turkey EurasiaNet.org photograph

Turkey EurasiaNet.org photograph by Lawrence Morgan

Turkish village uses bird whistle language to communicate over long distances

Ever since I visited Turkey years ago, I have always felt a special fondness for its people and culture. So this article is fascinating to me, and you might find it fascinating as well.

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As it says in the article and video by Alexander Christie-Miller, for generations the people of this village have communicated with other Turkish villages using a unique form of whistled communication called "kus dili," or "bird language" in Turkish.

In fact, they just had a festival, which I wish I could have attended.

I wonder how many other villages in the world have special languages first created years ago to speak to one another.

That is why it is important to keep all known languages of the Amazon, or, for example, the islands of Andaman & Nicobar, part of India, whose tribes are little used to the western world. There have been recent articles, including one in the Journal-World, in which Insitutes have tried to keep languages of small tribes from disappearing. Each language that disappears takes away a special view of life.

And what new languages have been created, outside of the cell phone, in these ancient communities?

It would also be very interesting if children or young people of towns or villages created a new language of their own today. Many children do this already, but it isn't remembered or developed for communication in later life.


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