Ske is a member of the Southern Oceanic group of Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken by about 300 people on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, particularly in the southwest of the island in and around the villages of Bwaravet, Liavzendam, Hotwata and Vanliamit. Ske is considered endangered as it is no longer being passed on to children. Instead, children are more likely speak Bislama, Apma or Sa.

Ske is also known as Seke. A way of writing Ske with the Latin alphabet was devised by Catriona Hyslop as part of a project by the Vanuatu Cultural Centre. This was popularised by Kay Johnson, who wrote a sketch grammar of the language in her PhD thesis.

Ske alphabet

Ske alphabet


In some texts q is replaced with ngg.

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Information about Ske

Oceanic languages

Adzera, Ahamb, Äiwoo, Aneityum, Apma, Araki, Are, ’Auhelawa, Avava, Babatana, Bariai, Bola, Big Numbas, Buhutu, Bwaidoka, Caac, Cheke Holo, Dorig, Hiri Motu, Hiw, Hoava, Kakabai, Kaninuwa, Kokota, Kove, Kurti, Lakon, Lehali, Lenakel, Lewo, Lote, Lo-Toga, Löyöp, Marovo, Maskelynes, Mato, Mavea, Mono-Alu, Motu, Mussau-Emira, Mwotlap, Nafsan, Nahavaq, Namakura, Nanggu, Nduke, Neve‘ei, Neverver, Ninde, North Efate, Nume, Paamese, Papapana, Raga, Rotuman, Roviana, Sa, Sakao, Saliba, Siar, Sio, Ske, Sursurunga, Tamambo, Tami, Teanu, Tigak, Tirax, Tolai, Touo, Ubir, Ughele, Uneapa, Vatlongos, Vitu, Vurës, Western Fijian, Yabem, Yapese

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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