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Rebecca GROLLEMUND

Assistant Professor

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grollemundr@missouri.edu

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Teams :   HELAN2  LED-TDR  CLHASS 


  Training and professional background
  Research interests
  Scientific activities
  Fieldwork
  Participation in research projects
  Teaching
  Other international activities
  Main publications and conferences

2016-present: Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, MO.


2012-2016: Postdoctoral Researcher at Reading University (UK), in Mark Pagel's Evolutionary Biology Group (Mother Tongue Starting Grant 268744 from the European Research Council).


TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND


 

2012: Ph.D in Linguistics, Université Lumière Lyon 2. Title: "Nouvelles approches en classification : Application aux langues bantu du Nord-Ouest", supervisor Jean-Marie Hombert.

 

2006: Master in Linguistics, Université Lumière Lyon 2. Title: "Les Okande du Gabon, locuteurs d'une langue en danger (langue bantu du groupe B30)", supervisor Lolke van der Veen.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS


 

Phonetics and Phonology

 

Historical linguistics

 

African languages: Niger-Congo (including Bantu)

 

Classification

 

Phylogenetic methods

 

SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES


 

Map making: design of 52 ethno-linguistic maps for the 52 speech communities living in Gabon

 

Webmaster (with Hadrien Gelas and Jean-Marie Hombert) of the website CLHASS (Contribution de la Linguistique à l'Histoire de l'Afrique Sub-Saharienne): http://www.ddl.cnrs.fr/clhass/

 

Work on Grassfields languages (with Jean-Marie Hombert and Larry Hyman)

 

Conception of a database on plant names of Gabon (based on the book of A. Raponda-Walker « Les plantes utiles du Gabon » (September 2009)

 

Work on data for the projects CLHASS (Contribution de la Linguistique à l'Histoire de l'Afrique Sub-Saharienne) and ALGAB (Atlas Linguistique du GABon)

 

FIELDWORK


 

June-August 2008: Fieldwork in Gabon, data collected for gepinzi (Bantu language, B30)

 

July-August 2007: Fieldwork in Gabon, data collected in Gepinzi (B30) and Galwa (B10) (Bantu languages)

 

July-August 2006: Fieldwork in Gabon, data collected in Simba and Gepinzi (Bantu languages, B30)

 

July-August 2005: Fieldwork in Gabon, data collected in Kande (Bantu languages, B30)

 

PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS


 

Member and advisor for the projet "Morphosyntactic variation in Bantu: Typology, contact and change" (Leverhulme Grant) (supervisor Lutz Marten):
http://https://bantuvariation.wordpress.com/

 

Member of the KongoKing project: an interdisciplinary approach to the origins of the Kongo kingdom (supervisor: Koen Bostoen):
http://www.kongoking.org/

 

Member of the Niger-Congo project: Towards Proto-Niger-Congo: Comparison and Reconstruction (supervisor: Valentin Vydrin):
http://llacan.vjf.cnrs.fr/fichiers/nigercongo/

 

Member of the RefLex project (supervisor: Guillaume Segerer):
http://reflex.cnrs.fr/

 

Member of the CLHASS project: Contribution de la Linguistique à l'Histoire de l'Afrique Sub-Saharienne (supervisor: Jean-Marie Hombert):
www.ddl.cnrs.fr/clhass

 

TEACHING


 

2008-2009: Teacher of Literature

 

2006-2007: Teaching Assistant in Linguistics. Lyon 2 University (Lyon, France).
Courses taught: General linguistics and French Linguistics.

 

2006-2007: Teaching Assistant in Linguistics Lyon 2 University (Lyon, France).
Courses taught: General linguistics and French Linguistics.

 

OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES


 

Co-organisation of the workshop "Language diversity and history: new interdisciplinary perspectives" with Annemarie Verkerk (University of Reading) and Simon Branford (University of Reading). The workshop took place in Poland in September 2014, during the 47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea "(SLE)". View the call for papers "here"

 

Co-organisation of the workshop "New interdisciplinary perspectives on Bantu expansion" with Jean- Marie Hombert (CNRS, Lyon), within the Conference Bantu 5 (5th International Conference on Bantu Languages), Paris, June 12-15, 2013

 

MAIN PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES
LONG VERSION / SHOW SHORT VERSION


PhDs and master thesis
 

Grollemund, R., 2012, "Nouvelles approches en classification : Application aux langues bantu du Nord-Ouest", Thèse, Sciences du Langage, Université Lumière Lyon 2, 550 p. (pdf)


 

Grollemund, R., 2006, "Les Okande du Gabon, locuteurs d'une langue en danger (langue bantu du groupe B 30). Langue et culture", Mémoire de Master 2, Sciences du Langage, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Lyon, 249 p.  (pdf)


 

Grollemund, R., 2005, "Esquisse de description de l'okande - Langue bantu du groupe B 30", Mémoire de Master 1, Sciences du Langage, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Lyon, 49 p.


Chapters in books
 

Grollemund, R., Branford, B., Hombert, J.M. & Watters, J., à paraître, "Towards a new phylogenetic classification of Bantoid languages", in Towards Proto-Niger-Congo: Comparison and Reconstruction, Watters, J. (ed), Language Science Press


 

Philippson, G. & Grollemund, R., 2019, "Classifying Bantu Languages", in The Bantu Languages, Second Edition, Van de Velde, M., Bostoen, K., Nurse, D. & Philippson, G. (eds), Routledge Language Family series, London-New-York, Routledge Press, pp. 335-354


 

Hombert, J.M. & Grollemund, R., 2018, "Phylogenetic Classification of Grassfields Languages", in Revealing structure: Finding patterns in grammars and using grammatical patterns to elucidate language. A Festschrift to honor Larry M. Hyman, Buckley, G., Crane, T. & Good, J. (eds), Stanford, California, CSLI Publications, pp. 85-103


 

Grollemund, R. & Hombert, J.M., 2012, "Use of Plant Names for the Classification of the Bantu Languages of Gabon", in Selected Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference on African Linguistics, Connell, B. & Rolle, N. (eds), Somerville, MA, Cascadilla Proceedings Project, pp. 150-163 (pdf)


Journals
 

Patin, E., Lopez, M., Grollemund, R., Verdu, P., Harmant, C., Quach, H., Laval, G., Perry, G., Barreiro, L., Froment, A., Heyer, E., Massougbodji, A., Fortes-Lima, C., Migot-Nabias, F., Bellis, G., Dugoujon, J.M., Pereira, J., Fernandes, V., Pereira, L., Van der Veen, L., Mouguiama-Daouda, P., Bustamante, C., Hombert, J.M. & Quintana-Murci, L., 2017, "Dispersals and genetic adaptation of Bantu-speaking populations in Africa and North America ", Science, 356:6337, pp. 543-546


 

Bostoen, K., Clist, B., Doumenge, C., Grollemund, R., Hombert, J.M., Koni Muluwa, J. & Maley, J., 2015, "Middle to Late Holocene Palaeoclimatic Change and the Early Bantu Expansion in the Rain Forests of West Central-Africa", Current Anthropology, 56:3, pp. 354-384


 

de Schryver, G.M., Grollemund, R., Branford, S. & Bostoen, K., 2015, "Introducing a state-of-the-art phylogenetic classification of the Kikongo language cluster", Africana Linguistica, 21, pp. 87-162


 

Grollemund, R., Branford, S., Bostoen, K., Meade, A., Venditti, C. & Pagel, M., 2015, "Bantu expansion shows that habitat alters the route and pace of human dispersals", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 112:43, pp. 13296-13301 (article)


 

Bostoen, K., Grollemund, R. & Muluwa, J., 2013, "Climate-induced vegetation dynamics and the Bantu Expansion: Evidence from Bantu names for pioneer trees (Elaeis guineensis, Canarium schweinfurthii, and Musanga cecropioides)", C.R. Geoscience, 345:7-8, pp. 336-349 (article)


Invited presentations
 

Grollemund, R., 2015, "Bantu expansion: genetic classification and emergence of agriculture", Biological Anthropology Seminar Talk, University College London (UCL), London, United Kigndom, 17th March 2015


 

Grollemund, R., 2015, "A phylogenetic classification of Bantu languages and its implications for ancient migration", Cambridge Classics Research Seminar, Cambridge, 11th March 2015


 

Grollemund, R., 2015, "TBA", SOAS Departmental Seminars, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London, postponed


 

Grollemund, R., 2015, "Bantu population dispersal throughout Africa shows preference for routes following familiar habitats", Séminaire du Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, Lyon, 12th June 2015


 

Grollemund, R., 2015, "Linguistic and archaeological evidence shows that the Bantu expansion followed savannah corridors", McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 16th November 2015


 

Grollemund, R., 2015, "Automated reconstruction of Proto-Bantu using a statistical model of phoneme evolution", University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 2nd of December 2015


 

Grollemund, R., 2015, "Bantu population dispersal shows preference for routes following familiar habitats", University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 1st of December 2015


 

Grollemund, R., 2014, "Classification of Bantu languages: History and method", Structure of Bantu Languages, SOAS, London, United Kingdom, March 6, 2014


 

Grollemund, R., Branford, S., Meade, A., Venditti, C. & Pagel, M., 2014, "Bayesian phylogenetic approaches applied to Bantoid and Bantu languages", Langues et Histoire, Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, Lyon, France, June 17, 2014


 

Grollemund, R., Branford, S., Meade, A. & Pagel, M., 2013, "Evolution and spread of Bantu languages", Ecology & Evolution Seminar, Reading, 4th June 2013


 

Grollemund, R., 2010, "Essai de classification des langues bantu du Gabon : lexique de base vs. lexique spécialisé", Séminaire Dynamique du Langage, Lyon, 30 avril 2010


Conference presentations
 

Grollemund, R. & Philippson, G., 2019, "A tentative new phylogenetic classification of zone A languages, based on consonant correspondences", 50th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, Workshop "Languages of Cameroon", Vancouver, Canada, 22-25/05/2019


 

Grollemund, R., Branford, S., Hombert, J.M. & Pagel, M., 2016, "Genetic unity of the Niger-Congo family", Towards Proto-Niger Congo: Comparison and Reconstruction (2nd International Congress), Paris, Sept 1-3


 

Grollemund, R., Branford, S., Bostoen, K., Meade, A., Venditti, C. & Pagel, M., 2015, "Bantu population dispersal throughout Africa shows preference for routes following the savannah", World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL 8), Kyoto, Japan, 21-24 August 2015


 

Grollemund, R., Branford, S., Field, S., Hombert, J.M. & Pagel, M., 2015, "Towards a new phylogeny of Niger-Congo languages", World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL 8), Kyoto, Japan, 21-24 August 2015


 

Verkerk, A. & Grollemund, R., 2015, "Diachronic change in Niger-Congo noun class systems", World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL 8), Kyoto, Japan, 21-24 August 2015


 

Grollemund, R., Branford, S., Bostoen, K., Meade, A., Venditti, C. & Pagel, M., 2015, "Combining linguistic,geographical, palaeontological and simulated data to track the historical migration of the Bantu language speakers", Workshop Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics, Leiden, 26-30 November 2015


 

Branford, S., Grollemund, R., Meade, A. & Pagel, M., 2015, "Detecting concerted evolution in sequence data: an application to the linguistic phenomenon of regular sound change", Workshop Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics, Leiden, 26-30 November 2015


 

De Schryver, G.M., Grollemund, R., Branford, S. & Bostoen, K., 2015, "Bantu Diachronic Phylogenetics A case study for the Kikongo Language Cluster", Workshop Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics, Leiden, 26-30 November 2015


 

Grollemund, R., Branford, S. & Pagel, M., 2014, "Bantu expansion follows the Savannah Corridor through the Equatorial rainforest", Time and Space in Linguistics: Interdisciplinary Computational Approaches & Cross-Creole Comparisons (TASIL), Aarhus, Denmark, January 15-16, 2014


 

Grollemund, R., Branford, S., Meade, A., Venditti, C. & Pagel, M., 2014, "The Bantu Expansion: new routes, dates and evidence for punctuational change", SLE 2014 47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, workshop "Language diversity and history: new interdisciplinary perspectives", Poznan, Poland, 11-14 September 2014


 

de Schryver, G.M., Branford, S., Grollemund, R. & Bostoen, K., 2014, "Establishing the rate of language change in the Lower Congo Region: a phylogenetic approach to the diachronic Kikongo corpus", SLE 2014 47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, workshop "Language diversity and history: new interdisciplinary perspectives", Poznan, Poland, 11-14 September 2014


 

Verkerk, A., Branford, S. & Grollemund, R., 2014, "Language diversity and history: new interdisciplinary perspectives", 47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, workshop "Language diversity and history: new interdisciplinary perspectives", Poznan, Poland, 11-14 September 2014


 

Grollemund, R., Branford, S., Meade, A. & Pagel, M., 2013, "New Bayesian Bantu phylogeny - Evolution and spread of Bantu languages", 5th International Conference on Bantu Languages (Bantu 5), Paris, June 12-15, 2013


 

Wichmann, S. & Grollemund, R., 2013, "Tracking the Bantu language migrations in time and space", 5th International Conference on Bantu Languages (Bantu 5), Paris, June 12-15, 2013


 

Bostoen, K., Clist, B., Doumenge, C., Hombert, J.M., Grollemund, R., Koni Muluwa, J. & Maley, J., 2013, "Impact of Late Holocene palaeoclimatic changes on the Bantu expansion: A multidisciplinary view", 5th International Conference on Bantu Languages (Bantu 5), Paris, June 12-15, 2013


 

de Schryver, G.M., Grollemund, R., De Kind, J., Branford, S. & Bostoen, K., 2013, "Language Dynamics in the Lower Congo Region of Central-Africa: A Phylogenetic Approach", The 21st International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL 21), University of Oslo, Norway, 5-9 August 2013


 

Grollemund, R., Branford, S., Meade, A. & Pagel, M., 2013, "New Bantu language tree derived from statistical model of phoneme evolution", The 21st International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL 21), University of Oslo, Norway, 5-9 August 2013


 

de Schryver, G.M., Grollemund, R. & Bostoen, K., 2013, "A Diachronic Phylogenetic Approach to the Internal Classification of the Kikongo Group", The 43th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL 43), Leiden University, 26-28 August 2013


 

Grollemund, R. & Hombert, J.M., 2012, "Linguistic Classification and population movements in the North Western part of the Equatorial forest", Colloque ‘The impact of a major environmental crisis on species, populations and communities: the fragmentation of African forests at the end of the Holocene’, Académie des Sciences, Paris, 1-2 mars 2012


 

Bostoen, K., Clist, B.O., Grollemund, R. & Maley, J., 2012, "Impact of late holocene palaeoclimatic changes on the Bantu expansion", 7th International Workshop for African Archaeobotany, Vienna, Austria, 2-5 July 2012


 

Grollemund, R. & Hombert, J.M., 2012, "Sorting out the position of Bantu languages in Bantoid", World Congress of African Linguistics 7 (Wocal 7), Buea, Cameroun, 20-24 août 2012


 

Hombert, J.M. & Grollemund, R., 2012, "Development of Bantu specialized lexicon", World Congress of African Linguistics 7 (Wocal 7) , Buea, Cameroun, 20-24 août 2012


 

Hombert, J.M., Grollemund, R. & Franc, A., 2012, "Proto-Bantu: Before and After", Proto-Niger-Congo: Comparison and Reconstruction, International Congress, Paris, 18-21 September 2012


 

Mouguiama-Daouda, P., Grollemund, R. & Hombert, J.M., 2011, "Denomination and reconstruction of mammals in Bantu languages", Bantu 4, Berlin, 7-9 April, 2011


 

Hombert, J.M. & Grollemund, R., 2011, "A phylogenetic classification of Grassfields and closely related Bantu languages", Bantu 4, Berlin, 7-9 April, 2011


 

Grollemund, R. & Hombert, J.M., 2011, "Phylogenetic Classification of North Western Bantu Languages", Bantu 4, Berlin, 7-9 April, 2011


 

Grollemund, R., 2011, "Phylogenetic classification of North Western Bantu languages", ICHLXX (20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics), Osaka, Japan, July 25-30, 2011


 

Hombert, J.M., Grollemund, R. & Philippson, G., 2011, "Linguistic implications of contacts between (agriculturalists) Bantu and Hunter-gatherers", Workshop Methodology in Linguistic Prehistory, Berlin, 15-16 octobre 2011


 

Hombert, J.M. & Grollemund, R., 2011, "Internal and External Classifications of Momo (Grassfields) languages", 41th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics, CALL41, Leiden, Pays-Bas, 29-31 août 2011


 

Hombert, J.M., Grollemund, R. & Philippson, G., 2010, "Slow rate of lexical replacement and deeper genetic relationships", Workshop: Genealogical classification of African languages beyond Greenberg, Berlin, 21-22 février 2010  (pdf)


 

Grollemund, R. & Hombert, J.M., 2010, "Use of Plant Names for the Classification of the Bantu Languages of Gabon", 41th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 41), Toronto, 6-8 mai 2010


 

Grollemund, R. & Hombert, J.M., 2010, "Language Classification and Specialized Lexicons: A Case Study in North-West Bantu", 40th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics, CALL 40, Leiden, August 23-25, 2010


 

Grollemund, R., 2009, "Le système verbal en apindji (B30)", 3rd International Conference On Bantu Languages (BANTU 3), Musée Royal de l’Afrique centrale, Tervuren, Belgique, 24-28 mars 2009


 

Grollemund, R., 2009, "The verbal system in Gepinzi (B30)", World Congress of African Linguistics 6 (WOCAL 6), Cologne, 17-21 août 2009


 

Grollemund, R., 2009, "Gepinzi, a complex verbal system (B30)", 39th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL 39), Leiden, Pays-Bas, 24-26 August 2009




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