Izon

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Central-Western Ijo, Ijaw, Ijo, Izo, Uzo
Population

1,000,000 (Williamson 1989). 100,000 Kolokuma (1991 UBS). 1,770,000 all Ijo languages.

Location

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 Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Apoi, Arogbo, Basan (Bassan), Bumo (Boma), East Olodiama, East Tarakiri, Egbema, Ekpetiama, Furupagha, Gbarain, Iduwini, Ikibiri, Kabo (Kabowei), Kolokuma-Opokuma, Koluama, Kumbo (Kumbowei), Mein, Ogbe Ijo, Ogboin, Ogulagha, Operemo, Oporomo (Oporoma), Oporoza (Gbaranmatu), Oyiakiri, Tuomo, West Olodiama, West Tarakiri. The Ijo (Ijaw) subgroup includes 7 languages. Izon has about 30 inherently intelligible dialects.

Language Use

Adult education (Kolokuma dialect).

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1912–1924.
Writing
Latin script.