Uvbie (Uvwie, Evrie, or Evhro) is a Niger Congo language spoken by the Uvwie people of southern Nigeria. It is classified alongside Urhobo, Okpe, Isoko and Eruwa as co-ordinate members of South-western Edoid branch of Proto Edoid language spoken by the Uvwie people of southern Nigeria.
The consonant system is somewhat conservative, and nearly the same as that of Urhobo. The only significant differences are the loss of ɸ, ɣ, and of the distinction between l and n: these alternate, depending on whether the following vowel is oral or nasal. /ɾ, ʋ, j, w/ also have nasal allophones before nasal vowels.
|Plosive||p b||t d||c ɟ||k ɡ||k͡p ɡ͡b|
|Fricative||f v||s z||ʃ dʒ||h|
- Uvbie at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Uvbie". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Elugbe, B. O. 1989. A comparative Edoid: Phonology and lexicon. Port Harcourt: University of Port Harcourt Press.Pp 26
- Ekiugbo, P. O. 2016. The sound system of Uvwie. M. A. Thesis, University of Benin
- Omamor, A. P. 1973.
- Archangeli & Pulleyblank, 1994. Grounded phonology, p 181ff
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