Asante dialect

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Native toAshanti
EthnicityAshanti people
Native speakers
2.8 million[1][2] (2015)[1][2][3]
Official status
Regulated byAkan Orthography Committee
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Ashanti, Asante, or Asante Twi, is a standardized literary variety of the Akan language of West Africa, and of its prestige dialect Twi,[7] which is spoken by some 2.8 million Ashanti people.[8][9] It is spoken in and around Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

The two dialects of Akuapem and Asante are known as Twi and are in many ways mutually intelligible. There are about 9 million Twi speakers, mainly in Ashanti.[1][2] Akuapem Twi was the first dialect to be used for Bible translation, and became the prestige dialect as a result.[10]


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  2. ^ a b c "Ashanti » Ashanti Twi".
  3. ^ Akan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  4. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Asante". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  5. ^ "Language Subtag Registry". Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  6. ^ "Language Subtag Registration Form for 'asante'". Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  7. ^ "Akan (Twi) at Rutgers". Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Akan". Ethnolouge.
  9. ^ "Ashanti » Ashanti Twi".
  10. ^ "Twi". Omniglot. Retrieved 10 March 2015.