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Possibly. Whistling to convey language is still in use, and may have preceded speech:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/studying-whistled-languages-180978484/

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Meunier and her colleagues are just beginning this work, so she has few results to share yet. So far, they have shown that even people who have never heard whistled speech before can recognize both vowels and consonants with an accuracy well better than chance. Moreover, trained musicians do better than nonmusicians at recognizing consonants, with flute players better than pianists or violinists, Anaïs Tran Ngoc, a linguistics graduate student at the University of the Cote d’Azur, has found. Tran Ngoc, herself a musician, speculates that this is because flutists are trained to use sounds like t and k to help articulate notes crisply. “So there’s this link with language that might not be present for other instruments,” she says.

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The whistling topic was somewhere out of my wheelhouse, but I did take some linguistics courses and am now of course wondering if the International Phonetic Alphabet has a way of representing those sounds.

It also got me thinking about another parallel between music and language, albeit a man-made construct: the printed page and the conventions we use to represent them in that medium.

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The whistling topic was somewhere out of my wheelhouse, but I did take some linguistics courses and am now of course wondering if the International Phonetic Alphabet has a way of representing those sounds.

There's a Reddit discussion about this, but I don't dare.


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