Isoko

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
“Biotu” (pej.), “Igabo” (pej.), “Sobo” (pej.)
Population

423,000 (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001).

Location

Delta State, Isoko and Ndokwa LGAs.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Aviara, Elu, Emede, Enhwe, Ibiede, Imiv, Irri (Iri), Itebiege, Iwire (Igbide), Iyede, Iyede-Ami, Iyowo, Ofagbe, Ole (Oleh), Olomoro, Owe (Owhe), Oyede, Ozoro, Ume, Unogboko, Uti, Uzere.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Eruwa [erh].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Grammar. Bible: 1977.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

“Sobo” and “Igabo” are offensive names. “Biotu”, interior people, is the Izon name for the Isoko and is not meant offensively by the Izon; however, the Isoko do not like it.