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A language of Ghana

ISO 639-3ewe

Population  2,250,000 in Ghana (2003), increasing. Population total all countries: 3,112,000.
Region  Southeast corner. Also in Togo.
Language map  Ghana, reference number 25
Alternate names   Ebwe, Efe, Eibe, Eue, Eve, Gbe, Krepe, Krepi, Popo, Vhe
Dialects  Anglo (Anlo), Awuna, Hudu, Kotafoa. Westernmost language of the Gbe language subgroup.
Classification  Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Kwa, Left Bank, Gbe
Language use  Language of wider communication. Vigorous. 500,000 L2 speakers. All domains.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 30%–60%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–100%. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1913–1931.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Whistle speech reported. Christian, traditional religion.

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Language name   Éwé
Population  862,000 in Togo (Vanderaa 1991).
Region  Maritime and Plateau regions south of Atakpamé. Kpalimé, Notsé, Tsévié are main centers.
Language map  Togo, reference number 12
Alternate names  Ehwe, Eibe, Eve, Krepe, Krepi, Popo, Vhe
Dialects  Adan, Agu, Anglo (Anlo, Awlan), Aveno, Be, Gbin, Ho, Kpelen, Togo, Vlin, Vo.
Language use  National language. Predominant language in southern Togo. Also use French.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 10%–60%. Taught in primary schools.
Comments  Christian, traditional religion.