Beti language

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Not to be confused with Eotile language.
Native to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon
Native speakers
unknown (undated figure of 2 million)[1]
now perhaps 3–4 million[citation needed]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 btb (code retired)
Glottolog yaun1239[2]

Beti is a language, or group of Bantu languages, spoken by the Beti-Pahuin peoples, who inhabit the rain forest regions of Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and São Tomé and Príncipe.[3] The varieties, which are largely mutually intelligible and variously considered dialects or closely related languages, are:

Ewondo (Yaunde), Fang, Bulu, Eton, Bebele, Bebil, Mengisa.

Beti has an ISO 639-3 code, but this was retired in 2010 because the varieties of Beti already had their own codes.[4]

There is a Beti-based pidgin called Ewondo Populaire.


  1. ^ Beti reference at Ethnologue (14th ed., 2000)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Beti". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
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