Beti language

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Native to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon
Native speakers
(2.8 million cited 1982–2013)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 btb (code retired)
Glottolog yaun1239[2]

Beti is a 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. ^ Sum of figures in Ethnologue 18
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Yaunde–Fang (A.70)". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2010-09-20.