12 Things You Didn’t Know About The Igbo Language

Things You Didn’t Know About The Igbo Language: In today’s article, we’ll be telling you what you need to know about the Igbo language. The Igbo language is the native language of the Igbo people, which is an ethnic group in the southeastern region of Nigeria. This language is one of three major languages in Nigeria including (Hausa and Yoruba). One thing about the Igbo language is that it’s also spoken by minorities in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. In Nigeria, the Igbo language is mainly used as a means of communication in the southeast region and some parts of the south-south region.

Before the existence of any official system of the spelling of the Igbo language, travelers and writers documented Igbo sounds by utilizing the correct use of their own languages in transcribing them, even though they encountered difficulty representing particular sounds. There have been issues as regards the agreement of a standardized Igbo language, dating back to 1976. After series of misunderstandings, a resolution was met and the committee produced a modified version of the standard Igbo spelling suitable for all. Now let’s take a look at certain things about the Igbo language that you need to know…

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The Igbo Language
The Igbo Language

What You Need to Know About The Igbo Language

Few things you need to know about the Igbo language are been listed below:

  1. The Igbo language is categorized into nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, conjuctions, numerals, and a single preposition (“na”).
  2. Igbo has a limited number of adjectives in its part of speech.
  3. Verbs is considered to be the structure of the Igbo language and it is the most basic category among others.
  4. As for Igbo pronouns, they are not gendered, meaning that they can be used both on a male, female, and even inanimate objects.
  5. Most Igbo names are actually merged out of older original words and phrases.
  6. The Igbo language is a tonal language, which tone system is given by John Goldsmith.
  7. Igbo language also also features vowel harmony with two or three sets of oral vowels.
  8. A typical Igbo sentence displays subject-verb-object ordering, whereby the subject is the sole arguement of an intransitive verb or the external argument of a transitive verb.
  9. Igbo relative clauses are externally headed and follow the head noun.
  10. Igbo language does not have a contrast between voiced stops and nasals. One precedes oral vowels while the other precedes nasal vowels.
  11. The igbo language is been spoken in the minority part of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
  12. The Igbo language was spread by enslaved igbo people during slave colonies in the Americas, such as the Jamaican Patois.
The Igbo Language