NPR: People & Places: Whistling to Communicate in Alaska
All Things Considered, June 21, 2005
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heads to turn|
to play host to
St. Lawrence Island
Alaska Public Radio Network
rare clear day
Black Sea coast
over long distances
to pick s.t. up
to think of s.t. as
to be all around one
to correspond to
at the airport
Siberian Yupik (= Yupik Eskimo)
in an urban setting
to drop by
to lose s.o.
to get lost
to get back together
"How Great Thou Art"
to rely on
Listening comprehension questions:
1. Where is St. Lawrence island? Check a map online and give a precise description of its location; don't just repeat what is said in the report.
2. The Yupik Eskimo whistling language developed in response to what kind of need?
3. According to the cousins, what is the reason why the rest of the world only learned about the Yupik whistled language just recently?
4. How do the Yupik Eskimos learn the whistled language?
5. What use did the cousins recently find for their whistled language in an urban area?
6. What is special about Eskimo Yupik as compared to other native languages of Alaska?
7. How is this changing?
8. Use the Internet to find three examples of other whistled languages in the world besides Yupik Eskimo.
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