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Izon

A language of Nigeria

ISO 639-3ijc

Population  1,000,000 (Williamson 1989). 100,000 Kolokuma (1991 UBS). 1,770,000 all Ijo languages.
Region  Bayelsa state, Yenagoa, South Ijaw, Kolokuma-Opokuma, Ekeremor, and Sagbama LGAs; Delta state, Burutu, Warri, and Ughelli LGAs; Ondo state, Ilaje, Ese-Odo LGAs; Ekiti state, Ikole LGA.
Language map  Nigeria, Map 9, reference number 396
Alternate names   Central-Western Ijo, Ijaw, Ijo, Izo, Uzo
Dialects  Arogbo, Furupagha, Egbema, West Olodiama, Oporoza (Gbaranmatu), Ogulagha, Iduwini, Ikibiri, Ogboin, West Tarakiri, Kabo(Kabowei), Kumbo(Kumbowei), Mein, Operemo, Tuomo, Ogbe Ijo, Gbarain, Kolokuma-Opokuma, Ekpetiama, Apoi, Koluama, Basan (Bassan), East Olodiama, East Tarakiri, Oyiakiri, Oporomo (Oporoma), Bumo (Boma). The Ijo (Ijaw) subgroup includes 7 languages. Izon has about 30 inherently intelligible dialects.
Classification  Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Ijoid, Ijo, West Ijo
Language use  The Kolokuma dialect used in adult education.
Language development  Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1912–1924.
Writing system  Latin script.
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