Abstract: A system for mechanically reproducing language characters in a cursive form in accordance with the natural style calligraphy of the language. Written letters are characterized by "links" with preceding and following characters, and mathematical rules describe the cursive script in terms of the form each letter takes dependent upon the preceding and following characters. The system includes input means for inserting characters, one at a time, and for providing coded representations of the characters. The coded representations are fed to decoder means which has as an output a selected combination of concatenation properties applicable to the character. Analyzer means analyzes variables dependent on the concatentation properties of a successive string of characters which comprise a character under consideration, a preceding character and a following character.