The findings challenge the perception only the left side of the brain comprehends languages.
German and Turkish scientists discover an ancient whistling language. The language is native to the mountains of north-east Turkey. According to the researchers the language utilizes both sides of the brain for communication.
The new findings challenge the previous ideas about language and understanding. It was previously perceived language is only understood in the left side of the human brain. The findings have been published in the journal Current Biology.
Dr Onur Güntürkün a Neuroscientist from Ruhr University Bochum Germany was the lead scientist. In the research 31 fluent Turkish whistlers were tested. The split in the right and left dominance was found to be even when syllables were whistled.
The brains right hemisphere is known to be important in understanding music. The research has found the ancient Turkish whistling language also relies on the brain's right hemisphere. In all languages it was believed only the left hemisphere is interpreting. The language could have been tonal or atonal, click or sign language, written or spoken.
The research has shown the involvement of the right hemisphere for the first time. The whistling Turkish language is still used by 10,000 individuals in northeast Turkey. The whistling noises can travel up to 5 kilometers. A study in 2005 had revealed similar result. The study in Spain had researched a whistling version of Spanish. It was found both sides of the brain help in processing communication.
The research also claims the whistling language is being eradicated due to cell phones. People prefer to talk on their cell phone rather than the whole valley hears their conversation.
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The study published in the journal Current Biology.