One cultural mark which clearly distinguishes a Ghanaian is traditional language. It is through our languages and literature that the authentic wisdom of the Ghanaian mind finds expression. On the basis of studies conducted by linguistic scholars into patterns of tonation, vocabulary and grammar of Ghana’s 25 major languages, we can distinguish three great language families in Ghana. The first is the Voltaic or Gur family of Northern Ghana comprising 18 languages distributed in the area bounded by Lawra, Bawku, Banda Nkwanta and Kete Krachi. Many of these languages resemble in some aspects the languages of the Savanna peoples in areas like Mali and Burkina Fasso. The second is the Volta-Comoe family of languages, so-called because its members are distributed in the wide area bounded in the east by the Volta River of Ghana and in the west by the Comoe River of the Ivory Coast. The Volta-Comoe family comprises some 12 dialects of the Akan language, some 10 Guan languages and 4 Western Ghanaian Languages, Nzema, Ahanta, Aowin, and Sefwi. These Western Ghanaian languages and the Akan languages are closely related to languages spoken in the forest and Southern Savanna lands of the Ivory Coast. The third great family is that of Ga, Dangme and Volta Region group of languages. It is estimated that about 50% of Ghana’s population speak Akan as their first language, 16% speak Gur languages, 13% speak Ewe, 10% speak Ga-Dangme, and 11% belong to the Guan group of languages and a number of West African languages such as Mande and Senufo.