A Niger-Congo language, usually assigned to the Kwa branch, spoken by c. 15 million people in south-east Nigeria (especially in Anambra, Abia and Imo states), where it has official status. Since 1970s it has been increasingly used as a second language in the region.

The language is spelt in the Roman alphabet standardised in 1961. Modern standard Igbo is based on the Onitsha-Owerri dialect, although there is a variety of other dialects spread over. From the 1970s on an extensive written literature has been produced in Igbo.

Tone in Igbo is of cardinal phonemic importance. Meaning is a function of tonal pattern and word position.

CLASSIFICATION = Niger-Congo family , SCRIPT = Roman

Igbo basic course (1962) IGB CBEG; IGB CBEG 3(CD-ROM)
Learn Igbo IGB CBEG 1(CD-ROM)
Talk the Talk Igbo IGB CBEG 2(CD-ROM)
Igbo-English dictionary : a comprehensive dictionary of the Igbo language, with an English-Igbo index IGB DICO 1
Elements of modern Igbo grammar : a descriptive approach IGB GRAM 1
Mbe, Nkapi na Osa = The tortoise, the rat and the squirrel IGB RFICT 1(PACK)
External Resource
(CETL - SOAS-UCL Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning)