Writing Systems   Vivian Cook

Writing Systems is a web-site that provides information, amusement and advice about writing systems in general and English spelling and the English writing system in particular.


Information pages


Tests of various aspects of English spelling
A punctuation test
Spelling Games
Letter Games
Sequence Games

Writing System topics

Newcastle MA course

Collections of spelling mistakes, novel forms, etc

Book lists

The Language of the Street

Spelling Humour


home page

On-line popular articles etc

 Nu Spelin' 4 Old   Getting in a Strop about Spelling   Hard Spell   Can they spell your name in Karachi? British & American style spelling   Helping children with spelling   Is spelling really hard?    

Related pages

Second Language Acquisition   Words   
Linguistics Glossary
   Languages List
Youtubes on various topics


Vivian Cook (2004), The English Writing System, Arnold; Japanese translation 2008

Vivian Cook (2004), Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary, Profile. American edition Simon and Schuster 2005

Vivian Cook and Benedetta Bassetti (eds.) (2005), Second Language Writing Systems, Multilingual Matters. Chinese edition 2007

Journal: Writing Systems Research