Bete language (Nigeria)

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Native to Bete Town, Takum Local Government Authority, Taraba, Nigeria.
Ethnicity 3,000 Bete
Native speakers
50  (1992)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 byf
Glottolog bete1261[2]

The Bete language of Nigeria is a nearly extinct language spoken by a small minority of the 3,000 inhabitants of Bete Town, Takum, Taraba State; its speakers have mostly shifted to Jukun Takum. It is close to Lufu.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Bete at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bete (Jukunoid)". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Crozier, David H. and Roger M. Blench, editors. 1992. An index of Nigerian languages. Abuja, Nigeria and Dallas: Nigerian Language Development Centre, Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages, University of Ilorin, and Summer Institute of Linguistics.