The Antia Whistling Language: documenting language use and language activism


The Antia Whistling Language: documenting language use and language activism

Language: Antia Whistling Language
Depositor: Sophie Salffner, Andrew Nevins
Location: Greece
Deposit Id: 0401
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Summary of deposit
The Antia Whistling Language is a Greek whistling language used by the people of Antia in southern Euboia, Greece, to communicate with one another in their mountainous village. The language is endangered because very few people still live in the remote village, and the language was not passed on to children outside the village. Members of the community have noticed this decline of language use and are now actively engaging in language maintenance. Together with whistlers of other languages, the Cultural Organisation of all Antia People organises international meetings, for example the First International Meeting for the Study and Preservation of Whistling Languages, Antia/Karystos, 23rd/24th Aug 2014. Whistlers also hold whistling classes in schools in neighbouring towns and islands to pass on the language to children.

Group represented
People of Antia

Deposit history
The first tranch of the material was collected around the First International Meeting for the Study and Preservation of Whistling Languages, Antia/Karystos, 23rd/24th Aug 2014 (Πρώτη διεθνής συνάντηση μελέτης και διάσωσης της σφυριχτής γλώσσας, Αντιά/Κάρυστος, 23/24 Αυγούστου 2014) which was organised by the Cultural Organisation of all Antia People (Πολιτιστικός σύλλογος απανταχού Αντιωτών).

Acknowledgement and citation

Users of any part of the collection should acknowledge Panagiotis Tzanavaris as the main coordinator of the meeting (Γενικός συντονιστής: Παναγιώτης Τζαναβάρης) and Sophie Salffner as researcher responsible for recording, data management and archiving (Ηχογραφήσεις, διαχείριση δεδομένων, αρχειοθέτηση: Σόφη Ζάλφνερ). Individual speakers whose words and/or images are used should be acknowledged by name. Any other contributor who has collected, transcribed or translated the data or was involved in any other way should be acknowledged by name. All information on contributors is available in the metadata.

To refer to any data from the corpus, please cite the corpus in this way:

Nevins, Andrew and Sophie Salffner. 2015. The Antia Whistling Language: documenting language use and language activism. London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive. URL: https://wurin.lis.soas.ac.uk/Collection/MPI483785. Accessed on [insert date here].



Status

Curated
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Sophie Salffner
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Affiliation: SOAS University of London
Andrew Nevins
Affiliation: University College London

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This is a short video clip in which Abbie Hantgan, one of the linguists at the conference, and Gerard Pucheu, one of the French whistlers who took part in the conference, introduce themselves. Gerard Pucheu also talks about the whistling language in France that he can whistle.

Recorded on: 2014-08-23




This document gives the programme of the First Antia Whistling conference with the speakers that talked at the conference, and the invitation to the conference.

Recorded on: 2014-08-23




This bundle contains scans of the signed consent forms for the contributors to the Antia Whistling Language documentation. Access to the scans is only available upon request because the forms contain personal information.

Recorded on: 2015




In this video recording, linguists Andrew Nevins and Abbie Hantgan and French whistler Phillipe Bui ask and talk about whistling, how he learned and how he whistles in different languages now. Phillipe also whistles in Greek and in the Béarnese dialect of Occitan, and other whistlers whistle back from the background.

Recorded on: 2014-08-23




These photos taken Andrew Nevins give some impressions of the surroundings and the events during the conference "First International Meeting for the Study and Preservation of Whistling Languages, Antia/Karystos, 23rd/24th Aug 2014".

Recorded on: 2014-08-23




These photos taken Andrew Nevins show posters and leaflets for the conference "First International Meeting for the Study and Preservation of Whistling Languages, Antia/Karystos, 23rd/24th Aug 2014".

Recorded on: 2014-08-23





In this video, Gerard Pucheu, a French whistler, introduces Sabrine Cepeda, a whistler who teaches whistling to her students at school. Sabrine talks about how the whistling works, for example about whistling vowels, and how she teaches whistling at school.

Recorded on: 2014-08-23




In this video clip we see Mr Panagiotis Tzanavaris near Mrs Aristea Tsipa's house. He is whistling to her to catch her attention. As she hears him and comes out of her house onto the balcony, they have a short whistled conversation.

Recorded on: 2014-08-22




In this video clip, we see Mr Tzanavaris and Mrs Tsipa on the balcony of Mrs Tsipa's house. They are whistling and they are demonstrating old household equipment like hand-driven stone mill for grinding dried maize. Later on, Abbie Hantgan and Sophie Salffner join the (now spoken) conversation and try out the mill.

Recorded on: 2014-08-22