Izere language

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Native to Nigeria
Region Kaduna State, Bauchi State, Plateau State
Native speakers
100,000  (1993–2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
izr – NE & NW Izere
cen – Cèn (Chen)
gne – Ganàng (Gashish)
Glottolog None
izer1242  (Izeric, incl. Firan)[2]

Izere is a dialect cluster of Plateau languages in Nigeria. According to Blench (2008), it is four languages, though Ethnologue does not distinguish NW and NE Izere. The Cen and Ganang varieties are spoken by only a couple thousand each. Cen has added Berom noun-class prefixes and consonant alternation to an Izere base.


  1. ^ NE & NW Izere at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Cèn (Chen) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Ganàng (Gashish) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Izeric". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.