18,000,000 (Wiesenfeld 1999). Total users in all countries: 18,007,950.
Widespread in southeast.
2 (Provincial). De facto provincial language in southeastern region. Main LWC of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo states.
Afikpo (Ehugbo), Nsukka (Nsuka), Ohuhu (Umuahia), Bende (Ohafia), Central Igbo (Union Igbo). 30 dialects vary in inherent intelligibility. The standard literary form developing based on Owerri and Umuahia dialects, omitting the nasality and aspiration found in those dialects.
SVO; prepositions; no articles; tense; 37 consonant and 8 vowel phonemes; tonal (3 level phonemic tones); vowel harmony (ATR).
Latin script [Latn], used since 1900.
Christian, traditional religion.