Twi

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Twi
Native to Ghana, Suriname
Ethnicity Asante, Akuapem
Native speakers
3.4 million  (2004)[1]
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[2]
asan1239[3]

Twi (pronounced [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.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Akuapem". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Asante". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ Ager, Simon. "Omniglot". Retrieved 11 January 2015.