Izere

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Afizare, Afizarek, Afizere, Afudelek, Afusare, Feserek, Fezere, Fizere, Hill Jarawa, Izarek, Izer, Jarawa, Jarawan Dutse, Jari, Jos-Zarazon
Population

50,000 (1993 SIL).

Location

Bauchi state: Toro LGA; Kaduna state: Jema’a LGA. South Izere dialect: Plateau state: Barikin Ladi LGA; North, Northeast Izere: Plateau state: Jos LGA.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Northwest Izere, Northeast Izere, South Izere. Fobor dialect is prestigious. Northwest Izere subdialects: Fobor (Fobur), Shere; Northeast: Fedare (Zandi, Zendi), Jarawan Kogi (Maigemu), and Fursom (Fursum); South: Forom (Ichen). Firan [fir] is a separate language.

Language Use

Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Cen [cen], Tunzuii [dza], Zeem [zua].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Radio programs. NT: 2006.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1985.

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