Twi

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This article is about the tradialects. For other uses, see Twi (disambiguation).
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
Asante (Ashanti)
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.[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.