The Skou language is spoken in the middle of the north coast of New Guinea, just west of the Tami river that runs on the Indonesian side of the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border.
The Skou segmental inventory contains 13 consonants, 7 oral vowels and 6 nasal vowels.
|high||i, ɪ̃||ʉ||u, ʊ̃|
|ɛ, ɛ̃||̃||ɔ, ɔ̃|
A feature of Skou is the excessive ('sycophantic') agreement about the clause. All verbs agree at least twice with their subject, and in some cases three or even four locations of agreement are found with complex predicates.
An example of this can be seen below. Here the 3SG feminine subject is indexed on the verb by clitic, pe=; by prefix, p-, which interacts with the initial consonant of the verb root to produce [r]; and by what was historically a suffix, -u, which fuses with the vowel of the verb root.
[pɛ ni pɜrʊ̃]
When serial verb constructions are involved, with each verb showing agreement, the sentence can become very top-heavy.
[kɛ kɜka kɔ ti ba;̃]
Work on Skou is ongoing, and for now the links below allow access to articles and draft chapters of work on the language.