Twi

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Not to be confused with Tiwi language.
Twi
Asante Twi
Native to Ashanti
Ethnicity Asante people, Akuapem
Native speakers
9 million[1][2] (2015)[1][3][4]
Dialects
Official status
Official language in
Ashanti City-State and the Ashanti City-State capital Kumasi
Regulated by Akan Orthography Committee
Language codes
ISO 639-1 tw (Twi)
ISO 639-2 twi
ISO 639-3 twi
Glottolog akua1239[5]
asan1239[6]
Raphael speaking Twi

Twi (pronounced [tɕɥi]) or Asante Twi, is spoken by 6–9 million Ashanti people as a first language and second language. [7][3] Twi (or Asante 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.[1][3] Akuapem Twi was the first Akan dialect to be used for Bible translation, and became the prestige dialect as a result.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Asante » Asante Twi (Less Commonly Taught Languages)". University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. University of Michigan. 
  2. ^ "Asante – Asante Twi". ofm-tv.com. 
  3. ^ a b c "Asante » Asante Twi". ofm-tv.com. 
  4. ^ Akan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  5. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Akuapem". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  6. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Asante". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  7. ^ Jane Garry, Carl R. Galvez Rubino, "Facts about the World's Languages: An Encyclopedia of the World's Major Languages, Past and Present", H.W. Wilson, USA, 2001, page 8
  8. ^ Ager, Simon. "Omniglot". Retrieved 11 January 2015.