Sfyria is an ancient language, which has been used exclusively by inhabitants of Antia for hundreds of years.However, few people in Antia continue to communicate this way, since the language hasn’t been consistently passed down to the village’s youngest residents. Because language is the lifeblood of culture, losing languages means closing the door on entire cultures. This article shows that preserving rare languages, like the whistled language of Antia, is important for keeping doors open to ancient cultures.
Learn about the small isolated village in Evia, Greece, where people speak like birds.Unfortunately, the village has been suffering from rural exodus, and old age prevents elders from properly using their teeth to whistle, leaving only six people able to communicate using the whistled language. This article illustrates the need to preserve sfyria.
Sfyria is the world's rarest and most extinct language. The rare language will soon disappear since the last existing speakers will die soon. This article shows that syfria in extreme danger of becoming extinct because of its speakers rapidly dying.
Far from the tourist havens, one Greek village is fighting to save its unique language.Local Panagiotis Tzanavaris has established the Cultural Organisation of Antia, and has even started teaching sfyria outside of Antia. This article shows that people are adamant about preserving the language and want to teach it before it goes extinct.
For some 2,500 years, residents of this mountainous village have used an astonishing language that only they understand. But there are only six people left who can ‘speak’ it. Sfyria is an endangered language that has seen its decline due to the difficulty to reproduce and the population of its speakers is dwindling. This article clearly shows how the original speakers of sfyria are being negatively affected.