Yoruba Transcriber

This page offers you several different ways to type Yoruba in Musa: using the Musa keypad or the Roman keyboard below, transcribing from (properly accented) Yoruba in the white box below, or using your normal keyboard as a Yoruba transliterator. You can mix these methods a letter at a time, if you wish. There are more instructions are at the bottom of the page.

b d f g gb
h j k l m n
r s s̩h
t w y -
i í ì e é è ɛ̩
ɛ̩́ ɛ̩̀ a á à ɔ̩
ɔ̩́ ɔ̩̀ o ó ò u ú ù

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For more information on how a Musa keypad works, visit the Keyboard page.

To use the Roman keyboard, just click the letter you want. Nigerians and Togolese should pretend that kp is p, ɛ is , ɔ is , and sh is . Beninese should pretend the subdots aren't there. There are five n keys: the three with accents are syllabic nasals (n̄ ń ǹ) with a leading ng, the small one makes a nasal vowel (as in in e̩n an o̩n un), and the normal one represents how l is pronounced before a nasal vowel (as in ni na nu). The key types a Musa space (not the same as a Roman space). Type - before vowels without consonants.

To use the transcriber, First click in the white box. Then type or paste the text to be transcribed into the white box, and press the Transcribe button. The Musa will be added to the yellow Musa box. The Yorùbá text can be Nigerian/Togolese or Beninese, uppercase or lowercase, and any punctuation will be transcribed using the Musa defective punctuation - you should go over it afterwards to correct the punctuation. The transcriber can handle numbers, but it won't do well on foreign words, so you'll have to edit those, too.

The transliterator is the easiest way to type Musa: just click in the yellow box, then type Yorùbá on your normal (Roman) keyboard, and the transliterator will interpret it as Musa. In order to avoid subdots and digraphs, use the letters shown in white: the c key for o̩/ɔ, the v key for e̩/ɛ, the x key for s̩/sh, the q key for gb, and the p key for kp. To indicate the tones, type the lowercase letter for mid tones, the uppercase letter for high tones, and a backslash \ before low tones. Since we use the n key for nasal vowels (as in in) and syllabic nasals, use the z key for the consonant n (as in ni).

To edit the Musa text, click where you want to insert, and the remainder of the text will be highlighted in  blue . Now letters will be inserted just before the blue section, as if it weren't there. If there's no blue section showing, letters will be inserted at the end. You can also delete letters using either of the Backspace keys; again, if there's a blue section, the letters just before it will be deleted. Unfortunately, that's about all you can do with this editor - it's not a word processor :(

You also need to know a little bit about how Musa spells Yorùbá. If you haven't already, you should read the Musa for Yoruba page. Here are some of the most important spelling rules, the ones where Musa behaves differently from the current Roman orthography:

This page isn't smart enough to make you write correctly - you'll have to do that on your own. The transcriber does know some spelling rules, but you should check its output anyway. If you click the Check button, we'll check a few things, but there's a lot we can't find, like spelling mistakes! In any case, there's no way for it to know intonation, so you'll have to add that.