Eloyi language

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Eloyi
Afu
Native toNigeria
RegionBenue State, Nassarawa State
Native speakers
25,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3afo
Glottologeloy1241[2]

Eloyi, or Afu (Afo), is a poorly attested Plateau language of uncertain classification. It is spoken by the Eloyi people of Agatu LGA, Benue State and Nassarawa State in Nigeria.

Classification[edit]

Armstrong (1955, 1983) classified Eloyi as Idomoid, but that identification was based on a single word list and Armstrong later expressed doubts. All other preliminary accounts classify it as Plateau, and Blench (2008) leaves it as a separate branch of Plateau.

Blench (2007)[3] considers Eloyi to be a divergent Plateau language that has undergone Idomoid influence, rather than vice versa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eloyi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Eloyi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Blench, Roger. 2007. The Eloyi language of Central Nigeria and its affinities.