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Idoma, along with Eloyi, Igede, Akatye Yatye, and Etulo, belongs to the Idomoid or Idoma-Etulo Group of Kwa. (Webbook)
Ethnologue lists the classification as: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Idomoid, Akweya, Etulo-Idoma, Idoma
Agatu (Ochekwu), Alago (Idoma Nokwu), Igede and Yala have the same categorization as Idoma in Ethnologue, and all but Igede are listed as dialects of Idoma by the Webbook, so they are also included here.
Idoma is spoken primarily within the Cross River and Benue states, Nigeria. (Webbook)
According to Ethnologue:
Although no exhaustive dialect survey has come to our attention, Armstrong reports in "The Idomoid Languages ..."(Journal of West African Languages, 1980) that Idoma has ten dialects (Keana, Idoma Nokwu, Agatu, Central, Western, Southern, Okpoga, Yala-Ogoja, Yala-Ikom, and Yala-Obura). (Webbook)
According to information compiled from Ethnologue:
Ethnologue includes the following notes on Idoma: "Official language. Used in adult education. ... Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. TV."
The Idoma orthography status is unknown to us as of this writing. (Webbook) [need updated info!] It would be Latin-based. The sources cited in this section (6) indicate varying orthographies.
Alphabet of Igede as reported by Hartell (1993):
Sample texts are shown on the "Language Museum" site for:
None known of.
Might Idoma be considered a "macrolanguage" for locales and some kinds of localisation? Or do the variants covered in this category have a relationship analogous to Efik, Ibibio and Anaang, which are very close but have differences enough to be reflected in orthographies?
SIL International, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, "Agatu," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=agc
______, "Alago," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=ala
______, "Idoma," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=idu
______, "Igede," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=ige
______, "Yala," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=yba
SIL International, "ISO 639 Code Tables," http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/codes.asp
U.S. Library of Congress, "ISO 639.2," http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/englangn.html