Aizi languages

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Ivory Coast
Linguistic classification Niger–Congo
Glottolog aizi1248[1]

The Aizi (Aïzi, Ahizi, Ezibo) speak three languages around Ébrié Lagoon in Ivory Coast.

Two of the languages are Kru. They are divergent enough for intelligibility to be difficult:

  • Lélé (Lélémrin), also known as Tiagba (Tiagbamrin) after its principal town
  • Mobu (Mobumrin)

It was long assumed that the third ethnically Aizi language, Apro ("Aproumu"), was Kru as well. However, now that it has been documented, Apro is classified as a Kwa language.[2]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Aizi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Douglas Boone, Silué Lamine, MaryAnne Augustin. "L'Utilisation du Français et de l'Adoukrou par les Aizi" (2002, Société Internationale de Linguistique, Côte d’Ivoire) online
    Ettien Koffi. Paradigm Shift in Language Planning and Policy: Game-Theoretic Solutions (2012, De Gruyter, pg. 152).