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Centre for the Study of Linguistic and Literary Relations and Contact (CERCLL)

Research unit - UR UPJV 4283


The Centre for the Study of Linguistic and Literary Relations and Contacts (Centre d’Études des Relations et Contacts Linguistiques et Littéraires) is dedicated to researching the circulation of texts, knowledge, and languages in a multicultural and interdisciplinary context.

The Centre brings together researchers working on cultural exchanges as well as on the transformations and dynamics linked to them with a special focus on France and the German, English, Spanish, and Italian speaking areas.
On a global scale, emphasis is laid on relations between Europe and the Americas on the one hand, and Europe and China on the other.

The research covers various fields ranging from linguistics, history of ideas, literature, to civilisation and aesthetics through time. It is structured around three transversal units, working in close collaboration and on a project-oriented basis, and three specialized units which bring together all of the members of the Centre.

• Three transversal units:
- Intercultural dynamics: concepts, places, practices
- Intermedial circulation: languages, media, genres
- Historical transmissions: legacies, evolutions, breakpoints

• Three specialized units:
- Circulation of Ideas, Knowledge and Texts: the Germanic world and other cultural areas
- Linguistic Practices: Systems, Institutions, Transmissions
- Roman & Romanesque


  • Anne Duprat
  • Herta-Luise Ott
    Deputy director
  • Marie-France Thibaut


10 rue des Français libres
Pôle Citadelle - E215
80080 AMIENS


Centre for the Study of Linguistic and Literary Relations and Contact


Effectif total : 116

Personnel de recherche : 77

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 2



1. CirIST Specialty Axis: "Circulation of Ideas, Knowledge and Texts: Germanic World and Other Cultural Areas"

• Study of the phenomena of transculturality at work in the great supranational empires and in their extension, from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century,
• Identification of paradigmatic figures of communication between cultures,
• Translation, adaptation and receipt of texts,
• Aesthetics and literary history: transfers and crosses,
• Territories and shared memories: political and cultural dynamics.

2. PraLing Specialty Area: "Linguistic Practices: Systems, Institutions, Transmissions"

• Linguistic practices in novel and non-European spaces and their methodological and theoretical understanding, both in synchrony and diachrony, in connection with standardisation processes, particularly in the context of collateral languages,
• Systems and variations,
• Codification and didactisation of language knowledge.

3. Specialty axis: "Roman & Romanesque"

• Study on the concept of “romanesque”,
• Autobiographical study of opera, theatre, poetry,
• Literature studies,
• Multidisciplinary studies involving fiction or literary criticism,
• Intermediate studies involving novel and romance.

Example(s) of projects

1. VULNUS. Language vulnerability
Project winner of the Call for Partnership Projects, 2020 edition, of the European House of Human and Social Sciences (MESHS, CNRS) in Lille, supported by the PraLing axis. Interdisciplinary project bringing together specialists from various backgrounds (linguists, semioticians, literary, language philosophers, epistemologists,
psycholinguists, speech therapists) around the notion of vulnerability referred to languages and the faculty of language.

2. ALPic-3 (Atlas linguistique picard)
Project led by A. Dawson & L. Smirnova (since 2017).
The project foresees the publication of unpublished data from the Picard Linguistic and Ethnographic Atlas.

3. “Writing with four hands (19th-21st century)” Symposium Fall 2020.
This colloquium aims to study the original case of collaborative writing in two (siblings, couples, cousins, friends), fiction and autobiography.
Responsible: Bernard Alavoine, Noëlle Benhamou and Marie-Françoise Lemonnier-Delpy.

4. Video Game and Romance Symposium
Spring 2021, planned release fall 2021
This double project of colloquium and publication takes note of the attention now captured by the video game with regard to the use of the book, but intends to analyse in the video game the covers and metamorphoses of the romanesque schemas.
Responsible: Isabelle Hautbout and Sébastien Wit.

Example(s) of publications

1. Christine Meyer. Questionner le canon, délimiter un territoire : L'appropriation critique de la tradition littéraire allemande par un protagoniste de la génération « kanak ». HOME III - Habiter la langue / Language as Home, Centres de recherche Philixte (ULB), Prospero: langage, image et connaissance (USL-B) et CLIC (VUB), Dec 2021, Bruxelles, Belgique. ⟨hal-03620694⟩

2. Catherine Grall. Vulnérabilité des derniers récits de Gaïa et fragilité de la fiction spéculative. tetrade, Centre de recherche en arts et esthétique / Université de Picardie Jules Verne 2022, Fragilités. 🡭

3. Camille Simon. The sociative/benefactive applicative construction and the introduction of attitude holders in Tibetan. Applicative Morphology: Neglected Syntactic and Non-Syntactic Functions, In press.

4. Herta-Luise Ott, Natacha Rimasson-Fertin, Thomas Nicklas. Faire l'Europe par la culture / Europäisierung durch Kultur. Herta-Luise Ott, Natacha Rimasson-Fertin et Thomas Nicklas (dir.). ÉPURE - Éditions et Presses universitaires de Reims, 350 p., 2021, 978-2-37496-141-5. ⟨10.34929/xttd-nb60⟩.

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Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

National : Université d'Artois, ENS Lyon, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, ENS Lyon, MESHS, Maison Européenne des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société, Institut historique allemand de Paris, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Université Caen Normandie

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