Tiv

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A language of Nigeria

Autonym
Tiv
Population

4,000,000 (2015).

Location

Benue state: Buruku, Gboko, Guma, Gwer, Katsina Ala, Kwande, Makurdi, Ushongo, and Vandeikya LGAs; Cross River state: Bekwara, Obanliku, Obudu, and Yala LGAs; Nassarawa state: Awe, Doma, Keana, Nassarawa, Lafia, and Obi LGAs; Plateau state: Qua’an Pan and Shendam LGAs; Taraba state: Bali, Takum, and Wukari LGAs.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto language of provincial identity in Benue, Nassarawa, Plateau, Taraba, and Cross River states, used in elementary education.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Obanliku [bzy], Yace [ekr].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1964–2017.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1936.

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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