Twi

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Twi
Native to Ghana, Suriname
Ethnicity Asante, Akuapem
Native speakers
3.4 million  (2004)Akan at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
Dialects
Asante (Ashanti)
Official status
Regulated by Akan Orthography Committee
Language codes
ISO 639-1 tw (Twi)
ISO 639-2 twi
ISO 639-3 twi
Glottolog akua1239[1]
asan1239[2]

Twi (pronounced IPA: [tɕɥi]) is a common name for two former literary dialects of the Akan language, Asante (Ashanti) and Akuapem, which are mutually intelligible. There are about 3 million Twi speakers, mainly in Ghana. Akuapem Twi was the first Akan dialect to be used for bible translation, and became the prestige dialect as a result.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Akuapem". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Asante". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Ager, Simon. "Omniglot". Retrieved 11 January 2015.