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 1st to July 3rd 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:

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 ( and Brian Lowrey ( 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.

Invited speaker

We are very pleased to announce that the plenary speaker at this year’s conference will be Hubert Cuyckens, of the University of Leuven.

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.


For further information, please go to the conference website at:

We look forward to seeing you in Amiens in 2019!