Leti language (Cameroon)

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Native toCameroon
Native speakers
"small population" (2014)[2]
ritual L2 use
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
leo – Leti
mct – Mengisa (duplicate code)[1]
A.63 (Mengisa)[4]

Leti is a Bantu language of Cameroon, spoken by the Mengisa people. Most Mengisa have switched to the Eton language, though a number of them continue to use Leti as a secret ritual language. A smaller number speak Leti as their mother tongue.[2]

Leti is quite close to Tuki and may be a dialect.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices
  2. ^ a b Leti at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Mengisa (duplicate code)[1] at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Leti (Cameroon)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online