Subject of Question: whistling languages
I'm doing a paper on the whistling language (and maybe the pre-historic languages) of the Canary Islands.
Do you know of any articles, books, etc. on this subject. I haven't been able to find much information.
Apparently, the South American whistling languages have received more attention than "El Silbo Gomera" of the Canary Islands. Hence, not much current research surfaced. Here is what we came up with:
The main reference listed here -- Whistled Languages (1976) -- seems to be the standard reference work for Silbo Gomera.
This is an abstract of a paper on Silbo Gomera phonology. The paper is due to be published in its entirety, but I couldnít determine when. It says the deadline for submission is Dec. 1, 2000, so it should be relatively soon. Perhaps if you contact the organizing committee members directly you might find out more. Their info is on the main page at http://www.let.kun.nl/labphon7 /index.shtml, under Organizing Committee.
A general listing of whistled language resources. Most are not specifically on Silbo Gomera. There is a good but very short general discussion of how whistled languages function in David Crystalís Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, as noted.
As for older Canarian languages, Guanche seems to be the only language that has survived in any form. This is a pretty obscure topic, so thereís not much help available, at least in English.
This is the ethnologue entry for Guanche, which tells you very little, Iím afraid.
This is a somewhat cursory, but interesting hypothesis as to the origins of Guanche. It also contains a short overview of Guanche history. Of course, the author is using it to prove the existence of Atlantis somewhere in Southeast Asia. Take with a grain of salt.
The page of a Linguistics professor in Australia. If you look on her c.v. under Papers in Other Languages, youíll see the papers below related to Guanche. You might do well to contact her and ask for some English resources.
Author Nácher, Enrique.
Published Barcelona, Ediciones Destino