Igboid languages

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South central Nigeria, lower reaches of the Niger River and east, south the Benue
Linguistic classification Niger–Congo
Glottolog igbo1258[1]

Igboid languages constitute a branch of the Volta–Niger language family. It includes Ekpeye, Ukwuani, and the Igbo languages:

Williamson and Blench conclude that the Igbo languages (Igboid apart from Ekpeye) form a "language cluster" and that they are somewhat mutually intelligible.[2] However, mutual intelligibility is only marginal, even among the Izii–Ikwo–Ezaa–Mgbo languages.[3]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Igboid". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Williamson, Kay; Roger M. Blench (2000). African languages: an introduction. Cambridge University Press. 
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