Ayizo belongs to the Gbe branch of the Volta-Niger language family. It is spoken in southern Benin by about 476,000 people, particularly in Atlantique Department, and also in Kouffo and Zou departments. It is closely related to Gbesi (Gbe) and Kotafon (Gbe), which are spoken in the same area.
Ayizo is written with the Latin script, and first appeared in writing in a translation of Doctrina Christiana in 1658. It is also known as Ayizo Gbe, Ayizo-Gbe or Ayzo
Ayizo alphabet and pronunciation
An acute accent (á) marks a rising tone, a grave accent (à) marks a falling tone, a caron (ǎ) marks a falling-rising tone, a circumflex (â) marks a rising-falling tone, and a macron (ā) marks a neutral tone. Tone marking is not always used.
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