Asante dialect

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Asante
Ashanti
Native to Ghana
Ethnicity Ashanti people
Native speakers
2.8 million  (2004)[1]
Official status
Regulated by Akan Orthography Committee
Language codes
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.

The two dialects of Akuapem and Asante are known as Twi and are to be mutually intelligible. There are about 7 million Twi speakers, mainly in Ghana. Akuapem Twi was the first dialect to be used for bible translation, and became the prestige dialect as a result.[3]

In Ethnologue and ISO 639-3 Asante is analysed as a dialect of Twi. Twi in its turn is a language belonging to the macrolanguage of Akan. In Glottolog Akuapem and Asante are found as dialects under the language Akan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Asante". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ "Twi". Omniglot. Retrieved 10 March 2015.