CBDA-6 (from July 2nd to July 4th, 2019) - Amiens, France

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Looking forward to seeing you in Amiens !

The CBDA team.

2019 Conference


Invited speaker: Hubert Cuyckens (KU Leuven)

The sixth edition of the international Colloque Bisannuel sur la Diachronie de l’Anglais (Biennial Conference on the Diachrony of English, CBDA-6) will take place in Amiens from July 2nd to July 4th 2019, hosted by the Université de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens) and organised in collaboration with the Université François Rabelais (Tours) and the Université de Reims-Champagne-Ardenne (Reims). The objective of the conference is to provide colleagues working on the history of English, in all fields and from all theoretical perspectives, with an opportunity to present their work and a forum within which to discuss current issues in English diachronic linguistics.

Session Papers

We invite contributors to submit session papers on all topics concerned with change and variation in the history of English (syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, language contact, lexicology, etc.), on all periods in the history of English, and even on other languages directly relevant to the study of the evolution of English. Full papers will be allotted 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion. If you would like to present a paper, please submit an abstract (approximately 300 - 400 words) in pdf format using the EasyAbs system at: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/CBDA6

Abstracts should reach us no later than March 31st, 2019. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by two referees. Notification of acceptance will be sent as of April 17th 2019.


We also welcome workshop proposals on all topics related to English historical linguistics. If you would like to organise a workshop on a specific theme, please send details of your proposal (topic, provisional list of speakers, etc.) to both Fabienne Toupin (fabienne.toupin@univ-tours.fr) and Brian Lowrey (brian.lowrey@u-picardie.fr) by March 31st, 2019 at the latest. Workshops, ideally, should contain 4 or 5 slots, and need to be compatible with the main conference schedule. The general format (30 minute presentations, allowing 10 minutes for discussion) should therefore be adopted.

Conference Fee

The conference fee is 40 euros (20 euros for students), and includes participation in all sessions of the conference, the conference package, and light refreshments. All participants, however, are expected to pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Venue and travel information


CBDA-6 will be held at the Logis du Roy (Passage du Logis du Roi, 80000 Amiens), an early 16th century building in the historic town centre.

To find out more about the city of Amiens

Why not start with the Wikipedia page?


Here you will find a general introduction to the city, with links to a number of other sites of interest to visitors. A guided tour of Amiens’ most famous monument, the largest Gothic cathedral in France, is planned as part of the conference.

If you’re coming to Amiens:

By train:

There is a regular service from Paris (Gare du Nord) to Amiens:


Local train information (in French) can be found at the following site:


Amiens is close to the station TGV Haute-Picardie (there is a shuttle bus service to the city centre) High-speed trains run to Brussels, Lille, Paris and thence to other destinations https://www.gares-sncf.com/fr/gare/frthp/tgv-haute-picardie

By plane:

The nearest airports are: Roissy Charles de Gaulle (Paris), c. 110 kms Beauvais-Tillé, c. 50 kms

By car:

  • Amiens is on the A16 and A29 motorways.
  • Some approximate distances:
  • Calais 157 kms (via A16)
  • Lille 137 kms (via A1 + A29) motorways
  • Brussels 220 kms (via E19 + A2)
  • Paris 135 kms (via A16)
  • Cologne 407 kms (via E42, A2)

Tourist information (including hotels, restaurants, etc), things to do in and around Amiens, can be found (in English, French and Dutch) at: http://www.visit-amiens.com/accueil

Program (2019 conference)

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CBDA-6 Amiens, 2019