Bete-Bendi

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Bette-Bendi, Dama
Population

100,000 (2006 L. Otronyi), increasing. Some elderly monolinguals.

Location

Cross River State, Obudu and Obanliku LGAs.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bendi, Bete (Bette, Mbete). Bete intelligible of Bendi. Lexical similarity: 82% with Bendi; 64%–72% with Obanliku [bzy].

Language Use

Home. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng] and surrounding languages. Also use Nigerian Pidgin [pcm]. Used as L2 by Obanliku [bzy].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Very low. NT: 1982.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 2007.

Other Comments

Different from Bete [byf] in Taraba State and Bété [bet] of Côte d’Ivoire. Bete and Bendi have positive attitudes toward each other. Christian, traditional religion.