Talk:Ewe language

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In linguistic literature, Ewe is designated Ewe, not Éwé. Native speakers of Ewe would also write just 'Ewe', following the common orthography which excludes most tones from appearing in writing. I think this article should adopt this way of writing. (Since I'm a newbie, I haven't figured out how to change the name of an article and I'm not aware of possible domino effects that might occur when I would do it. I'll confine myself for now to changing Éwé to Ewe inside the article)

strangeloop 10:46, 14 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Oh well, I moved it anyhow, since I read that moving would not cause a domino effect. I've also changed the links from the pages that link to here.

strangeloop 10:49, 14 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Writing system, status & official usage[edit]

On the writing system, I'm not sure it is accurate to say that any language "uses the African Reerence Alphabet" as the latter was just a guideline based on usage. In the case of Ewe, its use of various extended Latin characters was established well before 1979 when I first encountered the language in Togo; the ARA was adopted in 1978.

On Status, I thought it would be helpful to have a heading under which to mention legal status of the language as well as use in education, press, etc. Consider it a stub section - modification of the heading category to something better is invited. --A12n 17:36, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

Ewe language template[edit]

If you are a native speaker of Ewe then you can help translate this template into your own language:


ewe This user is a native speaker of Eʋegbe.

To the template

--Amazonien (talk) 21:37, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

Native name[edit]

The native name seems to be “Eʋegbe” rather than “Ɛ̀ʋɛ̀gbè”, see Ewe Wikipedia, French Wikipedia and Basic Ewe for foreign students (Institut für Afrikanistik der Universität zu Köln, p. 206).--Nil Blau (talk) 23:40, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

Number of speakers[edit]

The Ethnologue entry for Ewe claims that it has 3,112,000 speakers. Does anyone have a citation for the numbers currently listed in the article (approximately 6 million, with 2,000,000 second language speakers)? If not, we should change it to reflect the Ethnologue entry. --N-k (talk) 14:51, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

UCLA list "3-5 million". There may be a confusion between Ewe proper and the former, now deprecated use of Ewe for what is now called Gbe. Jalwikip (talk) 12:48, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
Changed it to three million, as the ref was actually to the 3 mil of Ethnologue. Jalwikip (talk) 13:09, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

Help with identifying Ewe song?[edit]

I've asked a question at the Language reference desk asking to identify the words of a song which I believe may be in Ewe. Can anyone watching this page stop by to try and confirm whether this could be the case? --dragfyre_ʞןɐʇc 15:50, 12 May 2011 (UTC)

Extended[edit]

This article should be greatly extended. E.g. Felix Ameka's theses is a very comprehensive grammar, including a few pages on phonology, but is used only to support the SVO-ness of Ewe?? Unfortunately, I do not have the time currently. Jalwikip (talk) 13:25, 10 December 2011 (UTC)