Silbo gomero revival

Drew Danielson andrew.danielson at CMU.EDU
Mon Nov 17 21:02:45 UTC 2003

Silbo - the word comes from Spanish verb silbar, meaning to whistle -
features four "vowels" and four "consonants" that can be strung together
to form more than 4,000 words. It sounds just like bird conversation and
Cabello says it has plenty of uses.
Since 1999, Silbo has been a required language in La Gomera's elementary
schools. Some 3,000 students are studying it 25 minutes a week - enough
to teach the basics, said Eugenio Darias, a Silbo teacher and director
of the island's Silbo program.

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