|Native to||Ivory Coast|
|Region||near Gly or Gli, Sud-Bandama region|
Ega, also known as Egwa and Diés, is a West African language spoken in south-central Ivory Coast. It is of uncertain affiliation and has variously been classified as Kwa or an independent branch of Niger-Congo.
The Ega people are increasing in number, though some are shifting to Dida through intermarriage.
Ega is possibly a divergent Western Kwa language within the Niger-Congo language family spoken in Ivory Coast. It does not appear to belong to any of the traditional branches of Niger-Congo. Though traditionally assumed to be one of the Kwa languages, Roger Blench (2004) conservatively classified it as a separate branch of the Atlantic-Congo family, pending a demonstration that it is actually related to the Kwa or Volta-Niger languages. However, Blench (2017) classified Ega as a fully Western Kwa language that has borrowed from Kru, Gur, and Mande.
Ega has twenty-seven consonants. Its stops have a three-way contrast between voiceless, voiced, and implosive.
There are nine vowels, with ATR contrast: /i?/, /i?/, /u?/, /u?/, /e?/, /e?/, /o?/, /o?/, and /a/.
There are three tones: high, mid, and low.