Idun language

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Not to be confused with Idon language.
Native to Nigeria
Region Kaduna State
Native speakers
78,000 (2012)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ldb
Glottolog idun1241[2]

Idun, or Dũya (Adong, Lungu, Ungu), is a poorly attested Plateau language of Nigeria. Its classification is uncertain, but may be closest to Ashe.

Sound system[edit]

Consonant phonemes of Idun[3]
  Bilabial Labiodental Alveolar Post-alveolar Retroflex Palatal Labial-palatal Velar Labial-velar Glottal
Stop p b t d c ɟ k ɡ k͡p ɡ͡b
Nasal m n ŋ
Tap ɾ ɽ
Trill r
Fricative f v s z ʃ ʒ x ɣ h
Affricate p̪͡f b̪͡v t͡s d͡z
Approximant j ɥ w
Lateral (l)1
  1. Only in recent loanwords, mostly from Hausa
Vowel phonemes of Idun[4]
  Front Central Back
Close i u
Near-Close ɪ ʊ
Close-Mid e o
Open-Mid ɛ ɔ
Open a

All vowels except the near-close vowels /ɪ/ and /ʊ/ can appear long, nasalized or both; the vowels /ɪ/ and /ʊ/ are being lost for young speakers.[5]

There are three level tones in Idun, as well as a rising tone and falling tone arising from adjacent level tones.


  1. ^ Idun at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Idun". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Roger Blench, The Idũ language of Central Nigeria: Phonology, wordlist and suggestions for orthography changes. (2010:6).
  4. ^ Roger Blench (2010:1-2).
  5. ^ Roger Blench (2010:1)