Eighteenth-Century English Phonology Database

The Eighteenth-Century English Phonology Database (ECEP) is an online database designed for the study of eighteenth-century English phonology, which will allow users to investigate the social, regional and lexical distribution of phonological variants in eighteenth-century English.

The Eighteenth-Century English Phonology Database (ECEP) is an online database designed for the study of eighteenth-century English phonology, which allows users to investigate the social, regional and lexical distribution of phonological variants in eighteenth-century English. It serves as a source bank for quantitative and qualitative studies, thereby meeting the demands of the growing research community in historical phonology and dialectology (e.g. Honeybone & Salmons 2015), and in Late Modern English in general (e.g. Mugglestone 2003, Hickey 2010).ecep

The database incorporates data from pronouncing dictionaries published in the second half of the eighteenth century in the form of IPA transcriptions. We have annotated as many of the ca. 1,740 individual keywords used to exemplify John Wells’ (1982) Standard Lexical Sets of vocalic variants as can be found in the selected sources, to which we have added five supplementary sets of consonantal variants, with ca. 200 individual keywords. This totals ca. 1,600 keywords for each of the 11 dictionaries consulted to date.

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Project Team

  • Professor Joan Beal (Principal Investigator – University Sheffield)
  • Dr Ranjan Sen (Co-Investigator – University Sheffield)
  • Dr Nuria Yáñez-Bouza (Compiler and Database Manager – Universidade de Vigo)
  • Dr Christine Wallis (Research Associate – University of Sheffield)
  • Ryan Bloor (Developer – The Digital Humanities Institute)