Igbo /ˈɪɡb/,[4](archaically Ibo /ˈb/)[4] (Igbo: Asụsụ Igbo), is the principal native leid o the Igbo fowk, an ethnic group o sootheastren Nigerie. Thare are approximately 24 million speakers, who live maistly in Nigerie an are primarily o Igbo strynd. Igbo is written in the Laitin script, which wis introduced bi Breetish colonialists. Thare are ower 20 Igbo dialects. Thare is apparently a degree o dialect levelin occurrin. A staundart leeterary leid wis developit in 1972 based on the Owerri (Isuama) an Umuahia (sic as Ohuhu) dialects, tho it omits the nasalization an aspiration o thae varieties. Thare are relatit Igboid leids as well that are whiles considered dialects o Igbo, the maist divergent bein Ekpeye. Some o thir, sic as Ika, hae separate staundart forms. Igbo is an aa a recognised minority leid o Equatorial Guinea.

Asụsụ Igbo
Native taeNigerie
Regionsootheastren Nigerie
Native speakers
25 million (2007)[1]
Staundart forms
Standard Igbo[2]
DialectsEnuanị, Ngwa, Ohuhu,
Ọnịchạ, Bonny-Opobo, Ọlụ,
Owerre (Isuama), et al.
Laitin (Önwu alphabet)
Igbo Braille
Offeecial status
Offeecial leid in
Recognised minority
leid in
Regulatit biSociety for Promotin Igbo Leid an Cultur (SPILC)
Leid codes
ISO 639-1ig
ISO 639-2ibo
ISO 639-3ibo
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Linguistic cairt o Benin, Nigerie, an Cameroon. Igbo is spoken in soothren Nigerie.
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  1. Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007
  2. Heusing, Gerald (1999). Aspects of the morphology-syntax interface in four Nigerian languages. LIT erlag Münster. p. 3. ISBN 3-8258-3917-6.
  3. "World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Equatorial Guinea : Overview". UNHCR. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Laurie Bauer, 2007, The Linguistics Student’s Handbook, Edinburgh