Dangme is a member of the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by about 1 million people in the southeast of Ghana, particularly in the Eastern, Greater Accra and Volta regions.
Dangme is also known as Dangbe, Adangme or Adaŋgbi, which are also used as names for speakers of Dangme. Dialects include Ada, Ningo, Osu, Shai, Gbugbla and Krobo. It is closely related to Ga and there is partial mutual intelligibility between the two languages.
Dangme is written with the Latin alphabet, is taught in schools in Dangme-speaking areas, and is officially recognised.
Dangme has three tones: high, mid and low. They are not usually written, however the high tone can be indicated with an acute accent (á).
Adesahi tsuo ɔ, a bɔ mɛ nɛ nɔ fɛɛ nɔ e ye e he, nɛ nɔ tsuaa nɔsɔ ngɛ odehe si himi kɛ he blɔhi a blɔ fa mi. A bɔ mɛ kɛ nɔ́ se kɔmi kɛ he nule juɛmi, nɛ e hia kaa nɔ fɛɛ nɔ nɛ e na nyɛmi suɔmi kɛ ha nɔ tsuaa nɔ.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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Page created: 24.01.23. Last modified: 25.01.23
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