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The Antia Whistling Language: documenting language use and language activism

 

Language Antia Whistling Language
Depositor Sophie Salffner, Andrew Nevins
Affiliation SOAS University of London
Location Greece
Deposit ID 0401
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Collection Status Collection online

 

Summary of the 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

 

Language information

The Antia Whistling Language is a whistling language used in Antia, Evia. It is now being taught in other places in Greece as well.

 

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 collection, please cite as follows:

Nevins, Andrew & Sophie Salffner. 2015. The Antia Whistling Language: documenting language use and language activism. London: SOAS University of London, Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/2196/00-0000-0000-0007-61C9-6. Accessed on [insert date here].

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