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 North, and Warri South West LGAs; Ondo state: Ilaje, Ese-Odo LGA; Edo state: Ovia South West and Ovia North East LGAs.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

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.

Language Use

Adult education (Kolokuma dialect). Used as L2 by Biseni [ije], Epie [epi], Okodia [okd].

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

Latin script [Latn].