Asante dialect

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Native to Ghana, Suriname
Ethnicity Ashanti people
Native speakers
2.8 million  (2004)[1]
Official status
Regulated by Akan Orthography Committee
Language codes
ISO 639-1 tw (Twi)
ISO 639-2 twi
ISO 639-3
Glottolog asan1239[2]

Ashanti, Asante, or Asante Twi, is one of three literary dialects of the Akan language of southern Ghana, and the prestige dialect of that language. It is spoken in and around Kumasi, the capital of the former Ashanti Empire and current subnational Asante Kingdom within Ghana.

Along with the Akuapem dialect, Asante is often called Twi.


  1. ^ Akan at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Asante". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.