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 #604  by Onyekachukwu
 Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:54 pm
"Igbo is a single language, with several dialects. Following the Biafra/Nigerian war (1967-1970), there has been continuing pressure on some Igbo speakers to formally dissociate their dialects from Igbo proper. This has been particularly so with respect to Ikwere, Ahoada (Ekpeye), and Ïka. In fact, the term, 'Igboid', was coined in 1982 on an analogy with the other Benue-Congo languages (Edoid, Defoid, Platoid, etc.), in the face of an attempt to eliminate the 'Igbo' language name altogether and replace it with the nondescript term 'Lower Niger'. Still, the effect of the use of the term lgboid has been to make Igbo just one other member of a cluster of 'languages' previously understood to be dialects of Igbo—Agbo, Ekpeye, Ikwere, Izi, Ïka, Ogbah, and Ükwüanï/Enuanï. For these reasons, the term 'Igboid' is now disregarded as a strictly linguistic term since it misrepresents and understates the remarkable internal linguistic unity of Igbo among all the other languages of the Benue-Congo group."
Michael J. C. Echeruo (2013). Igbo and Igboid Languages. Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Routledge.
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