Phonological and phonetic aspects of whistled languages

  title={Phonological and phonetic aspects of whistled languages},
  author={Annie Rialland},
  pages={237 - 271}
Whistled languages are communication systems that convey an open-ended set of messages by transposing selected acoustic aspects of the spoken languages that serve as their source. There are two types: those based on non-tone languages, which transpose F2 patterns, and those based on tone languages, which transpose tone melodies. This paper examines basic phonological and phonetic properties of both types of whistled language, with the goal of eliciting their basic similarities and differences… 

Typology and acoustic strategies of whistled languages: Phonetic comparison and perceptual cues of whistled vowels

  • Julien Meyer
  • Linguistics
    Journal of the International Phonetic Association
  • 2008
Whistled speech is a complementary natural style of speech to be found in more than thirty languages of the world. This phenomenon, also called ‘whistled language’, enables distant communication amid

Whistled Moroccan Tamazight: Phonetics and phonology

The results of a pilot phonetic study of whistled Moroccan Tamazight are reported, showing how speakers whistle a selected set of words and sentences and discussing the preliminary results from phonetic and phonological perspectives.

Categorization of Natural Whistled Vowels by Naïve Listeners of Different Language Background

Spanish speakers were the most accurate, and both Spanish and French participants were able to categorize the four vowels, although not as accurately as an expert whistler, attest that whistled speech can be used as a natural laboratory to test the perceptual processes of language.

Categorization of Natural Spanish Whistled Vowels by Naïve Spanish Listeners

To understand better the relation between whistled and spoken speech perception, it is looked here at how Spanish native speakers knowing nothing about whistled speech categorized four Spanish whistled vowels, showing that naïve participants were able to categorize them, although not as accurately as a native whistler.

Acoustic and Linguistic Properties of Turkish Whistle Language

This paper presents the acoustic and linguistic properties of Turkish Whistle Language. Whistle Language is a natural communication method usually used for far-distance interaction in some regions in

The Relevance of Human Whistled Languages for the Analysis and Decoding of Dolphin Communication

The reasons why human whistled speech and dolphin whistles are interesting to compare are elucidated and it is highlighted that they can provide an important model as to how complex information is and can be encoded in what appears at first sight to be simple whistled modulated signals.

Length Contrast and Covarying Features: Whistled Speech as a Case Study

The status of covarying features to sound contrasts is a long-standing issue in speech: are they deliberately controlled by the speakers, or are they contingent automatic effects required by the

The Talking Balafon of the Sambla: Grammatical Principles and Documentary Implications

Abstract:This article makes the case for linguists to take part in the study of musical surrogate languages, where linguistic form is transposed onto music. It draws on the case study of the Sambla

Humming, whistling, singing, and yelling in Pirahã context and channels of communication in FDG

This paper addresses the systematic influence of contextual factors on the form of linguistic utterances for the different speech channels of communication in Piraha within the framework of

Whistling shares a common tongue with speech: bioacoustics from real-time MRI of the human vocal tract

Real-time magnetic resonance imaging is used to examine the muscular control of whistling to describe a strong association between the shape of the tongue and the whistled frequency, which is consistent with the role of whistled languages as proxies for spoken languages, in which one of the acoustical features of speech sounds is substituted with a frequency-modulated whistle.



Phonological Structure and Phonetic Form: Papers in Laboratory Phonology III

As the third in the series, this volume continues the LabPhon tradition of bringing together a diverse group of researchers with interests in linguistic sound systems. Most contributions to the

Notes on Kickapoo Whistle Speech

  • Paul H. Voorhis
  • Linguistics
    International Journal of American Linguistics
  • 1971
1. The Kickapoo Indians are a Central Algonquian people now living in three main groups. A group in Kansas is reportedly much mixed with Pottawatomie Indians and retains little of the original

A New Perspective on Silbo Gomero

Silbo Gomero is a whistled encoding of the variety of Spanish spoken on the island of La Gomera in the Canarian archipelago. The purpose of the present study is to determine how and to what extent

Linguistic perception: Neural processing of a whistled language

It is shown that areas of the brain normally associated with spoken-language function are also activated in proficient whistlers, but not in controls, when they are listening to Silbo Gomero.

Question prosody : an African perspective

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Speech waveform envelope cues for consonant recognition.

It is suggested that near-perfect consonant identification performance could be attained by subjects who receive only enveme and viseme information and no spectral information.

Speech Recognition with Primarily Temporal Cues

Nearly perfect speech recognition was observed under conditions of greatly reduced spectral information; the presentation of a dynamic temporal pattern in only a few broad spectral regions is sufficient for the recognition of speech.

Preliminaries to Speech Analysis: The Distinctive Features and Their Correlates

This work attempts to describes the ultimate discrete components of language, their specific structure, and their articulatory, acoustic, and perceptual correlates, and surveys their utilization in

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L'A. examine la syllabe et la more en tant qu'unites pivots dans l'interface entre segment et ton

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