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On La Gomera in the Canary Islands, people can say anything with a whistle. The ancient whistling communication was invented centuries ago - and it works in in any language.
Silbo Gomero was invented in order to facilitate communication between the people of the island across the deep gorges and valleys long before mobile phones were invented. The tradition continues even now with the local government including it in the educational system of the island.
A new study of a whistling language is changing what scientists thought. Whistled sound travels further than speech, so this unusual adaptation made it easier for villagers to keep in touch.
A whistled form of Turkish used to communicate across mountain valleys shows that it's not just the left side of the brain that processes language
Dear UNESCO, I want to protect this indigenous language of La Gomera in the Canary Islands, but Spanish is taking over. The language is still alive but only a few people can speak it. Those born between 1950 and 1980 understand the language but are unable to speak it, as the language was hardly used and negatively viewed during their time of language acquisition.