PhD and Master’s Thesis

Grollemund, R., 2012, Nouvelles approches en classification : Application aux langues bantu du Nord-Ouest,
Ph.D Dissertation, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Lyon, 550 pp. Download as pdf

Grollemund, R., 2006, Les Okande du Gabon, locuteurs d’une langue en danger (langue bantu du groupe B 30).
Mémoire de Master 2, Sciences du Langage, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Lyon, 249 pp.


Grollemund, R., Nurse, D. and Watters, J. (eds), In prep. for 2022.
Bantoid and Bantu in Cameroon: an historical re-assessment”, Berlin/Boston, De Gruyter Mouton.

Atindogbé, G. and Grollemund, R. (eds), 2017.
Relative clauses in Cameroonian Languages: Structure, function and Semantics. Berlin/Boston, De Gruyter Mouton, 287 pp.


Grollemund, R., Schoenbrun, D. & Vansina, J. Under review. Moving Histories: Bantu Language Expansions, Eclectic Economies and Mobilities. Journal of African History.

González-Santos, M., Montinaro, F., Grollemund, R., Marnetto, D., Atadzhanov, M., May, C., Mabunda, N., de Maret, P., Oosthuizen, O., Oosthuizen, E., Capelli, C. 2022. Reconciling genetics, linguistics and geography in the dispersal of Bantu-speaking populations. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Chapters in Books

Grollemund, R., Philippson, G. & Nurse, D. In prep. for 2022. Towards a new classification of North-Western Bantu languages. In “Bantoid and Bantu in Cameroon: an historical re-assessment”, Grollemund, R., Nurse, D. & Watters, J. (eds). Berlin/Boston, De Gruyter Mouton.

Philippson, G. & Grollemund, R. In prep. for 2022. A new phylogenetic classification of North-Western Bantu languages based on consonant correspondences. In “Bantoid and Bantu in Cameroon: an historical re-assessment”, Grollemund, R., Nurse, D. & Watters, J. (eds). Berlin/Boston, De Gruyter Mouton.

Green, C. & Grollemund, R. In prep. for 2022. Jarawan languages: Perspectives on (re)classification. In “Bantoid and Bantu in Cameroon: an historical re-assessment”, Grollemund, R., Nurse, D. & Watters, J. (eds). Berlin/Boston, De Gruyter Mouton.

Grollemund, R. & Pagel, M. To appear in 2022. Phylogenetic approaches to Bantu historical linguistics. In The Oxford Guide to the Bantu Languages, Marten, L., Kula, N., Zeller, J. & Hurst, E. (eds). Oxford University Press.

Grollemund, R., Branford, B., Hombert, J.-M. & Watters, J. 2022. 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. (eds). London-New-York: Routledge Press.

Grollemund, R., Hombert, J.-M. & Branford, B. 2018. A Phylogenetic study of North-Western Bantu and South Bantoid languages. In The Dynamics of Language: Plenary and focus lectures from the 20th International Congress of Linguists Cape Town, July 2018, Mesthrie, R. & Bradley, D. (eds), Cape Town: UCT Press.

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.

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.