Whistled Turkish Challenges Notions About Language and the Brain

One of a handful of whistled languages throughout the world, whistled Turkish, kuş dili, is still Turkish—it has the same words and the same grammatical structure—but it has a different physical form. A whistle replaces the voice, just as written words replace speech in languages around the world. Now, a new study shows that the brain processes kuş dili very differently from spoken Turkish, a finding that challenges conventional wisdom about how language works in the brain. The research could also have implications for stroke victims suffering from language loss. 

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