The inhabitants of the village of Kuşköy in Çanakçı district of Giresun Province in north-eastern Turkey communicate distantly by constructing meaningful sentences with whistles. Although there have been some studies and news on the media about this communication method, which is called ‘Kuşdili’ (literally translated, ‘bird language’) in Turkish, no scientific studies based on a spectrogram analysis of the sensory elements of this language have been conducted yet. The aim of the researcher is to gather examples about how this whistled language is spoken with field research and to determine the distinguishing characteristics of how this language is spoken by spectrogram analyses on the gathered examples. It has been found out that the whistled language is based on the imitation of spoken Turkish by whistling and the basic distinguishing characteristics of speaking and understanding the language such as the bass-treble ordering of vowels compared to each other, the conservation of this ordering in the process of forming words or sentences, the characteristic sounds of some consonants and the expression patterns relevant to the context have contributed to its formation and usage. Another significant result reached by the study is the inability to communicate previously unknown words via the whistled language.
Kuş dili, Whistled language, Giresun, Kuşköy, Çanakçı köyü