Languages of the Southwest: Keyboard Layouts

The American Southwest is home to many languages of different language families. The keyboard layouts here are for the Yuman, Kiowa-Tanoan, Uto-Aztecan, Zunian, and Keresan families, though not all languages have keyboard software here. If you are looking for Athapaskan keyboards (Navajo or Apache languages), they can be found on the Athapaskan page.

Some of these languages have a relatively newly developed practical alphabet which differs significantly from the orthography commonly used by linguists. Where possible and applicable, several keyboards will be available for each language. For more details, see the keyboard maps or language pages. Each language will be provided with two keyboards, one for Windows and one for Macs.

Multi-lingual keyboards keep the standard A–Z keys while the special characters used by the languages are mapped to either the punctuation keys or, in some cases, the number keys. For the languages which have two keyboards (one with remapped punctuation keys and one with remapped number keys), the number keys keyboard is preferable for touch typing.

Accents are typed after the base letter unless otherwise specified in the keymap pdf. Where possible, keyboards for Windows have been designed in the standard Microsoft Windows key layout file format.

All keyboards (unless otherwise noted) on this site are designed to work with Unicode fonts, and as such, will only work with relatively up-to-date software (e.g. Windows XP, Mac OSX Tiger). Alan Wood has a list of Unicode friendly software.

How the keyboards work

The multi-lingual keyboards (where appropriate) place accents and special letters only on punctuation keys, so as not to interfere with letters required by English. This way borrowed words or proper names can be typed in a Native language text without switching keyboard layouts. Unless otherwise mentioned on the keymap, accents are typed after the letter they modify. Where a punctuation key has been altered, the original value is typed by holding down the RIGHT-ALT (on Windows) or one of the OPTION keys (on Macs) and hitting the punctuation key.

Keyboard Maps and Keyboards

See individual entries below for downloads
Akimel O’odham (Pima) •Windows Keylayout
•Mac Keyboard
Hiaki (Yaqui) •Windows Keylayout
•Mac Keyboard
Hopilàvayi (Hopi) •Windows Keylayout
•Mac Keyboard
Nʉngwʉtsiampaxa (San Juan Southern Paiute) •Windows Keylayout
•Mac Keyboard
Shiwi’ma (Zuni) •Windows Keylayout
•Mac Keyboard
Tohono ’O’odham (Papago) •Windows Keylayout
•Mac Keyboard
Walbay (Hualapai) •Windows Keylayout
•Mac Keyboard
Yavaþe (Yavapai) •Windows Keylayout
•Mac Keyboard

Keyboards for Language Families

Tanoan •Windows Keylayout
•Mac Keyboard


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