Upcoming Roadrunner Series

Spring 2024

Traditional forms of speech adaptation for distance communication and musical surrogacy

Julien Meyers, PhD

May 1st, 2024 (HUM 134, 1-2p) 

The High Desert Linguistics Society is proud to host Julien Meyer, PhD, a renowned expert on whistled languages. Dr. Meyer's work is associated with the French National Center for Scientific Research. He will be in New Mexico to speak at the Santa Fe Institute and so we are capitalizing on the opportunity to also have him here at UNM!

Dr. Meyer has published the book Whistled Languages:

A Worldwide Inquiry on Human Whistled Speech, in addition to numerous journal articles and other publications.

Here are some examples, with intriguing titles!

  • Meyer, J., Magnasco, M.O., & Reiss, D. (2021). The relevance of human whistled languages for the analysis and decoding of dolphin communication. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, https://doi.org/10.3389/ fpsyg.2021.689501.
  • Meyer, J. (2021). Environmental and linguistic typology of whistled languages. Annual Review of Linguistics, 7, 493-510.
  • Meyer, J. (2008). Typology and acoustic strategies of whistled languages: phonetic comparison and perceptual cues of whistled vowels., 38, 69-94.

Zoom link for online attendees:


Meeting ID:


995 7743 5054


Passcode: 563871