Asante dialect

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Native toAshanti
EthnicityAshanti people
Native speakers
3.8 million (2019)[1]
Adinkra Nkyea[2]
Official status
Regulated byAkan Orthography Committee
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Asante, also known as Ashanti, Ashante, or Asante Twi, is one of the principal members of the Akan dialect continuum. It is one of the four mutually intelligible dialects of Akan which are collectively known as Twi, the others being Bono, Akuapem, and Fante.[5][6][7] There are 3.8 million speakers of Asante, mainly concentrated in Ghana and southeastern Cote D'Ivoire,[5] and especially in and around the Ashanti Region of Ghana.[citation needed]

Writing System[edit]

The Ashanti used Adinkra in their daily lives. Adinkra Nkyea is a writing system based on the Adinkra symbols.[8][unreliable source?] The Akan Language and its dialects uses the Adinkra Nkyea writing system. Majority of Adinkra Nkyea is derived from the original Adinkra Symbols. Adinkra Nkyea contains some 39 characters, 10 numerals, and 3 punctuation marks.[citation needed]

All Adinkra Characters of Adinkra Nkyea.


  1. ^ Akan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Nkyea, Adinkra. "Adinkra Syllabary". Biswajit Mandal.
  3. ^ "Language Subtag Registry". Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  4. ^ "Language Subtag Registration Form for 'asante'". Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  5. ^ a b "Akan". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  6. ^ Schacter, Paul; Fromkin, Victoria (1968). A Phonology of Akan: Akuapem, Asante, Fante. Los Angeles: UC Press. p. 3.
  7. ^ Arhin, Kwame; Studies, University of Ghana Institute of African (1979). A Profile of Brong Kyempim: Essays on the Archaeology, History, Language and Politics of the Brong Peoples of Ghana. Afram.
  8. ^ Nkyea, Adinkra. "Adinkra Syllabary". Biswajit Mandal.