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This Turkish Language Isn't Spoken, Its Whistled

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Channel: Great Big Story
Categories: Society / Culture   |   Social Science  
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For three centuries, farmers living in the remote mountains of northern Turkey have communicated great distances by whistling. Its a language called ku dili that is still used to this day, though fewer people are learning it in the age of the cell phone. Its also known as bird language, for obvious reasons. Muazzez Kek lives in Kuky, and she is the best whistler in her village. Muazzez shows us how she uses varied pitch frequencies and melodies to translate Turkish vocabulary into whistles with meaning.

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