Tso language

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nyi tsó
Native toeastern Nigeria
Native speakers
(16,000 cited 1992) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ldp
Glottolog tsoo1241
Languagenyi tsó

Tso (Tsóbó, Lotsu, Cibbo) is one of the Savanna languages of eastern Nigeria.


The language is known as nyi tsó, while the people are known as Tsobo [tsó-bó]. The ethnic subgroups are, [2]

A subsection of the Gusobu may also live in Luzoo settlement.

Each ethnic subgroup speaks a different Tso dialect. The Swaabou and Gusobu reportedly have trouble understanding each other. Tso lexical diversity is partly due to the tradition of word tabooing. [2]

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  1. Tso at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. 1 2 Kleinewillinghöfer, Ulrich. 2014. The languages of the Tula – Waja Group. Adamawa Languages Project.