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
Autonym
Izere
Population

50,000 (1993 SIL).

Location

Plateau State: Jos North, Jos East and Mangu LGAs; Bauchi State: Tafawa-Balewa and Toro LGAs.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Isum (Fursom, Fursum), Ibor (Fobor, Fobur), Iganang, Ifudere (Fedare, Zandi, Zendi), Ikyo. Ibor dialect is prestigious. Cen (Ichen) [cen] and Firan [fir] are separate languages.

Typology

Restricted set of segmental noun-class prefixes; 29 consonant and 7 vowel phonemes; tonal (5 tones: 3 level and 2 contour).

Language Use

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

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

Latin script [Latn], used since 1985.

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