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). De facto language of provincial identity in Baylesa, Delta,Ondo, and Edo states, used in education and media.

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. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1912–1924.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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