Eighteenth-Century English Grammars database (ECEG)

ECEG is an online database of Eighteenth-Century English Grammars which contains bibliographic information about grammars of the English language written between 1700 and 1800, alongside biographical information of their writers. ECEG aims to provide scholars with an up-to-date resource based on a variety of bibliographies, online collections, facsimile reprints and seminal works published from 1903 to 2011, thereby meeting the demands of the growing research community in the field of the Late Modern English period in general and the eighteenth-century normative grammatical tradition in particular.

The current version of the database (2012) consists of 323 grammars written by 275 different authors. Each item has been thoroughly examined and annotated in twenty-one different fields, thematically grouped in three major categories (grammars, authors, references). ECEG is highly valued for its interdisciplinary and innovative design, especially with regard to the broader approach to the notion of ‘English grammar’.

Project members: Nuria Yáñez-Bouza and María E. Rodríguez-Gil
Time of compilation: 2006–2010
Size: n/a
Language: English
Number of texts/samples: c. 323
Period: 1700–1800
Released: 2010
Funding: British Academy Small Research Grant (SG-50585); The University of Manchester, July 2008 – December 2010.

Reference line and Copyright

ECEG = Eighteenth-Century English Grammars database, 2010. Compiled by María E. Rodríguez-Gil (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) and Nuria Yáñez-Bouza (The University of Manchester, UK). http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/lel/research/projects/c18englishgrammars/

Copyright is retained by María E. Rodríguez-Gil and Nuria Yáñez-Bouza (© 2010).


Guidelines are available at http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/lel/research/projects/c18englishgrammars/ecegdatabase/


Nuria Yáñez-Bouza (The University of Manchester, UK)
Maria E. Rodríguez-Gil (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)

Student assistants

Purva Bachani (January – May 2008), Marije van Hattum (May – July 2010)

Technical support

Antonio Torres (2006–2010), Chris White (March – November 2010)


ECEG is available as a digital database hosted on the University of Manchester web farm, using client side HTML and Javascript and server side PHP and MySQL. Two layouts were built in the web-based application: browse and search. The data can also be downloaded from any of the layouts into a CSV file. The original format of the database, in which the data are entered by the compilers, is a relational database in Microsoft Access consisting of three ‘forms’ and twenty-one separate ‘fields’. The current release was last migrated in July 2012. It contains 323 items (English grammars) written between 1700 and 1800 by 275 different authors.

ECEG is freely available online, by subscription, for research and educational purposes. To request access to the ECEG database, please complete and return the Access Request Form, available from the project website.

Handouts of conference presentations are available from the project website.

Associated projects

Yáñez-Bouza, Nuria. School Support Research Fund 2009–2010. School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, The University of Manchester (UK), Ref. AA03368.