Efik // proper, sometimes erroneously referred to as Riverain Ibibio, is the native language of the Efik people of Nigeria, where it is a national language. It is the official language of Cross River State in Nigeria.
|Native to||Southern Nigeria|
|Region||Cross River State|
Second language: 2 million (1998)
The language can be understood by the Ibibio speaking people of Akwa Ibom State (a neighbouring state to Cross River State), and both are often thought of as the same language by non-speakers. Together with the Anaang and Ukwa languages, they form the Ibibio-Efik languages, a major dialect cluster.
- Efik at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Efik language at Ethnologue (14th ed., 2000).
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Efik". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Laurie Bauer, 2007, The Linguistics Student’s Handbook, Edinburgh
- Okon E. Essien, 1986, Ibibio names: their structure and their meanings
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