|250,000 (2005 census)|
It is mutually intelligible with Ewondo, a fact which may have delayed its study for some time.
Ethnologue cites four dialects of Eton, but its speakers generally distinguish two, a northern and a southern dialect, the latter of which is closer to the Ewondo language.
The Mengisa people have largely switched to Eton. A small number continue to speak their ancestral language, Leti. It is not clear if the ISO code for "Mengisa" refers to Eton or Leti; Ethnologue classifies Mengisa with Eton, but the code is likely based on Guthrie, who classified it with Leti.
Eton is an SVO language. As is common in Bantu, Eton has a noun class system. There are twelve classes and the class of a noun determines which agreement prefix it receives and triggers. For instance, verbs agree with the subject's noun class.
- Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices
- Eton at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Mengisa (duplicate code) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Eton-Mengisa". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
- Velde, Mark L. O. Van de. A Grammar of Eton, p. 3
- Velde, Mark L. O. Van de. (PDF) A Description of Eton: Phonology, morphology, basic syntax and lexicon. Available through the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven website.
- Materials on Eton are included in the open access Arthur Capell collection (AC2) held by Paradisec.
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