Twi

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This article is about the dialects. For other uses, see Twi (disambiguation).
Twi
Ashanti Twi
Native to Ashanti Region, Ghana, Suriname
Ethnicity Ashanti people, Akuapem
Native speakers
9 million[1][2]  (2015)[1][2][3]
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[4]
asan1239[5]

Twi (pronounced [tɕɥi]) or Ashanti Twi, is spoken by over 9 million ethnic Ashanti people as a first language and second language.[1][2] Twi (or Ashanti Twi) is a common name for two former literary dialects of the Akan language, Asante (Ashanti) and Akuapem, which are mutually intelligible. There are about 9 million Twi speakers, mainly in Ashanti Region, Ghana.[1][2] Akuapem Twi was the first Akan dialect to be used for Bible translation, and became the prestige dialect as a result.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ashanti » Ashanti Twi (Less Commonly Taught Languages)". University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. University of Michigan. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ashanti » Ashanti Twi". ofm-tv.com. 
  3. ^ Akan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  4. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Akuapem". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  5. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Asante". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  6. ^ Ager, Simon. "Omniglot". Retrieved 11 January 2015.