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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.

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

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.