Urhobo and head words from English; Urhobo –English complex Code In this study, Urhobo is the matrix language while English is the. SIMILAR WORDS IN URHOBO AND UKWUANI LANGUAGE, For more data in general and to anyone that has to do with language planning”. world should evolve a more robust language planning policy towards the functional . Fulfulde, Igala, Ijaw, Kanuri, Nupe, tiv, and Urhobo. The.

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Nairaland Forum Welcome, Guest: Tuesday, 01 January at Your idea of language trees and linguistics is faulty. Igboid derives from IGBO speaking groups. There’s nothing you’d pplanning that would change my mind.

I’ve been a student and now a scholar of language for more than 6 years. I understand how language trees work.

Maybe you should update your ‘vast knowledge’ of them. Can you provide a citation for ths claim. I am only making a public record of my refutation to your absurd claims. In any scholastic system you will not find any definition without dates stating when a term entered the lexicon or literature. Hello Nairalanders urhobi, I remembered at a point in time, there were lots of threads that hit the front-page about Nigeria’s jn ethnic groups and their dialects!

I remember that of Edo, Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba. However, it ended there. Other ethnic groups were not listed and that trend died. However, it is important to know things like this. For one, speakers and learners of the language can known and learn these things.

Other Nigerians and the world at large can understand the internal intricacies of these languages and how they work. Hence, I have decided to revamp this tradition with Nigeria’s minority and urohbo known ethnic groups. I plannning going to be covering most groups and will appreciate speakers of the language to help make the work easier by opening threads and adding facts, correcting errors and what have we in already opened threads. The Urhobo People as a ,anguage unit has already been treated by me sometime ago in this thread: They speak an Edoid language that shares similarities with Afemai and Esan.


The Urhobo people are similar and largely deemed as same by some people with urnobo neighbouring Isoko people of Delta South. They effectively dominate current Delta State politics due to their large numbers estimated at 3million. Urhobo people occupy the following local government areas: Warri South Shared with Itsekiri Patani Shared with Ijaws Burutu Shared with Ijaws Now to our main discourse: Urhkbo has never been an homogenous linguistic entity.

Since time immemorial, Urhobo has been colored by variation that occur on various levels. These variations manifest in the various Urhobo clans and kingdoms. A specific dialect of Urhobo has even broken off and become an individual ethnic nationality Isoko. Another dialect is prospecting at this option Okpe.


The main reason for this break-off is that these dialects see themselves as individual groups as much as Ikwerre see themselves as being different from Igbo. Some of the “major dialects” kanguage Urhobo are: Isoko Also has sub-dialects such as Erhowa, Enwhe and Iyede 2. Central Urhobo Agbarho-Ughelli Dialect 3. Agbarha These Dialects accounts for the main branches of Urhobo Clans.

Although there are other Urhobo clans such as Ogor, Olomu, Agbarha-Ame, etc but the linguistic features of these clans are either similar to one of the those mentioned above or not too obvious to become a dialect of its own. Most of these clans use central urhobo. The dialects listed are sometimes not mutually intelligible except for Central Urhobo which is plannng lingua franca of Urhobo People. These various dialectal groups also have peculiar cultural traits.

We will not briefly examine these groups one by one. Isoko The Isoko Dialect of Urhobo is so broad and large that it is effectively a language of its own. Isoko is a proto-Edoid language and hence it is closer to how Urhobo once was when the people said goodbye to their Benin progenitors.

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The main dialectal difference between Langiage and Isoko include; Use of Degwo instead of Migwo for greeting, repetition of utterances and words.

My Isoko people here can help out with more. It is understandable by all Urhobo people and has widespread acceptance. Okpe The Okpe Dialect has the largest number of speakers in Urhobo land.

They are all ruled over by the Orodje of Okpe, a historical and semi-hereditary traditional kingship and a first class King in Nigeria. The Okpe dialect is considered deep and hard by other Urhobo speakers. In fact, the Okpe plahning is believed by many to be closer to Edo than it is to Urhobo. The average Urhobo man will have a field day understanding Okpe. The differences between Okpe and Central Urhobo is so large that one wonders why it is classed together as Urhobo when it obviously has more connection to Isoko than Urhobo.

However, they are culturally the same with Urhobo.

Dialectal differences cut across greeting. Deewho instead of Megwonames of objects and animals, meaning of common words, etc. My Okpe people, please help me out here with some differences. Ughievwien When I was growing up, we had two neighbours that were Ughievwien Ujevwen people. I remember that my mother always had a field day analysing how funny they spoke. These people are simple minded and live in mainly riverine areas.

Their language is seen as “impure” and unintelligible by most Urhobo speakers. Their version of Urhobo involves a lot of tongue twisting and tongue rolling.


They speak as if they sing. Ujevwen People, please help me out here with more examples. Their Urhobo is mildly understandable by the average Urhobo speaker. Theirs is an amalgam of Okpe, Agbon and Udu. In their cultural system, the Otota Spokesman and Prime Minister found in other Urhobo clans, is replaced with the Unuevworho with similar but slightly different functions.

Uvwie people greet differently, some words and their stress placement are also different ruhobo central Urhobo. Uvwie people, you urhboo the drill. It is the second largest Urhobo kingdom. Of these divisions, Okpara is the largest while Kokori speaks a more proto-Agbon, or harder, version. Agbon Urhobo is extremely close to Central Urhobo.

Differences are barely noticed. The lanbuage differences constitute the physical nuances of Agbon speakers.

The Various Dialects Of The Urhobo Language And Where They Are Spoken – Culture (6) – Nigeria

Other differences include pronunciation of certain words and their usage. Agbon speakers are understood across board. Their main difference is that the dialect is deep. It languabe the main dialect used in Urhobo proverbs, idioms and metaphysical expositions. If you want to learn Urhobo, dont start with Agbon. Agbon speakers can say more on this 7. Their main divisions are; Oruarivie-Abraka and Umiagwa-Abraka, each with its own king.

Avwraka Dialect is seen as slightly “impure” by most speakers. Their dialect is a simplified urhob of Urhobo, perhaps too simplistic. The dialect lacks depth and its not as linguistically rich as most dialects.

There are also cases of borrowings and adaptations in Avwraka dialect. Maybe the people from Abraka can do more justice to this 8. Udu This dialect is largely elusive. It is mostly similar to that spoken in Ughievwien and also resembles Uvwie.

However, it is different in its own rights. I haven’t met most of its native speakers so my personal knowledge of this dialect is somewhat plannnig to what others have said. However, it is also “impure” and has a lot of phonological differences with central Urhobo. Major towns are Otor-Udu, Aladja, etc. Udu people please help me out. These people have lived alongside the Ijaws for so long ln it leaves much to marvel that they have not been acculturated by now.

They live far off land and one must fly a speed boat to reach these places on time. Languae expected, their version of Urhobo has been colorated by Ijaw with so much borrowings, transliterations, adaptations, jugglery, etc etc.

I call on the Ofoni people to bail me out here.