William Bullokar

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William Bullokar was a 16th-century printer who devised a 40-letter phonetic alphabet for the English language. Its characters were in the black-letter or "gothic" writing style commonly used at the time. Bullokar also wrote the first published grammar of the English language, which appeared in 1586.


  • Booke at large, for the Amendment of Orthographie for English speech, Henrie Denham, 1580 (copy on Archive.org)
  • Bref Grammar for English, 1586
  • Bullokar, William, Booke at Large for the Amendment of English Orthographie (1580) with A Bref Grammar for English (1586), Facsimile ed., 2 vols. in 1, 1977. Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints, ISBN 978-0-8201-1287-9.