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. Taking as his model a Latin grammar by William Lily,[1] Bullokar wrote the first published grammar of the English language, in a book titled Brief Grammar for English, which appeared in 1586.[2]


  • 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.

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  1. ^ "The History of English Grammar". lawyerment.com. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  2. ^ Valeika, Laimutis; Buitkiene, Janina (2003). An Introductory Course in Theoretical English Grammar (PDF). Vilnius Pedagogical University. p. 7. Retrieved 20 April 2017.