I have a background of carrying out fieldwork on languages of Africa and Asia.

Nuer (South Sudan, Ethiopia)

In collaboration with Matthew Baerman, Irina Monich and Tatiana Reid from the University of Surrey and Bert Remihsen from the University of Edinburgh, I began working on Nuer (West-Nilotic, Nilo-Saharan) in May 2015.

This collaborative work is taking place as part of the AHRC funded project 'Morphological complexity in Nuer'. languages/nuer/
Tamangic and Tibetic (Nepal)

My recent documentation and descriptive work, carried out in summer 2012, 2013 and 2014 in collaboration with Kristine Hildebrandt from SIUE and Dubi Nanda Dhakal from Tribhuvan University, has focussed on four Tibeto-Burman languages - Manang Gurung, Manange, Nar-Phu and Gyalsumdo - which are spoken in the villages of Manang District in central Nepal.
Eleme (Nigeria)

I've also worked on Eleme (Ogonoid, Benue-Congo), an under-described Niger-Congo language spoken in southeast Nigeria. My published work on Eleme includes treatments of negation (Bond 2016) agreement (Bond 2010), logophors (Bond 2006) and valence changing morphology (Bond 2009) as well as work on the genetic constituency of the Ogonoid family (Bond and Anderson 2006) with Greg Anderson from the Living Tongues Institute.


My current typological research focus concerns agreement with unexpected controllers and targets, and other types of differential argument marking.

Prominent possessors are possessors that can control agreement or switch reference. As part of the AHRC-funded project 'Prominent possessors', I am working with Irina Nikolaeva and András Bárány at SOAS, and Grev Corbett in SMG, to determine which factors are important when possessors take on an unexpectedly prominent role in syntax .

External agreement occurs when locality restrictions on agreement are breached, and a target agrees with a controller outside of its local domain. In collaboration with Marina Chumakina and Steven Kaye in SMG, our AHRC-funded project 'External agreement' aims determine what kinds of syntactic accounts are need when when parts of speech that do not usually agree with clause level arguments (e.g. adverbs, adpositions and pronouns) nevertheless agree with non-local controllers.

My work on differential argument marking looks at the factors motivating the optionality of ergative case marking in the languages of Manang District, Nepal. The fieldwork for this research took place as part of a British Academy funded project, entitled 'Optional ergative case-marking: what can be expressed by its absence?'. All my work on the languages of Manang is all carried out in collaboration with Kristine Hildebrandt from SIUE and Dubi Nanda Dhakal from Tribhuvan University.

My previous research in typology has focussed on negation, cognate dependents (Bond & Anderson 2014) and language sampling (with Ljuba Veselinova from Stockholm University).

Whilst working at SOAS I carried out a research project, entitled ‘NegTyp’, which aimed to contribute to a broader understanding of the properties of negation in language. The main objective of the project was to capture information relevant to negative constructions in terms of their morphosyntactic/prosodic realisation and the formal/semantic-pragmatic distinctions encoded by negative constructions. Outcomes from this project include work on how negation in coordination, cosubordination and subordination differs from that in independent clauses (Bond 2011) and how negation can be approached within Canonical Typology (Bond 2013) and how negation can be modelled at the interface between the parallel structures of LFG, the lexicon, and the morphological component of grammar (m-structure), modelled in PFM (Bond 2015). I am currently working on preparing a monograph on negation systems from a cross-linguistic perspective.


In the domain of theoretical morphology and syntax I have conducted work within the the frameworks of Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) and Paradigm Function Morphology (PFM).

I have an Oxford University Press book on agreement in Archi (Lezgic, Nakh-Daghestanian) with Grev Corbett and Marina Chumakina from the University of Surrey, and Dunstan Brown from the University of York. Archi: Complexities of agreement in cross-theoretical perspective was published in Summer 2016.

A volume on Prominent Internal Possessors, co-edited with Irina Nikolaeva and András Bánány, is currently in press with Oxford University Press, to be published in 2019.

Morphological Perspectives, a Festschrift for Greville G. Corbett, co-edited with Matthew Baerman and Andrew Hippisley, also due out in spring 2019, is currently in press with Edinburgh University Press.

I am also working with my Surrey Morphology Group colleague, Marina Chumakina, on attributives in Archi. We argue for a paradigmatic view of transposition in mixed categories whereby apparently derivational processes are treated as part of a mixed category’s inflectional paradigm. Building on the work of Blevins (2001) and Nikolaeva (2007), we propose that realization rules within the morphological component of grammar paradigmatically ‘derive’ mixed categories by forming word-forms that retain their internal argument structure, whilst satisfying the government and agreement requirements imposed by their syntactic context.


As part of the AHRC-funded project Loss of inflection I am working alongside Matthew Baerman, Grev Corbett and Helen Sims-Williams from SMG to investigate regularities in the way that inflectional systems are lost over time.

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Bond, Oliver & Marina Chumakina. In prep. Attributives in Archi: A mixed category with multiple bases. Ms. University of Surrey.

Bond, Oliver, Kristine A. Hildebrandt & Dubi Nanda Dhakal. In prep. Same source, differential behaviour: Ablative-Ergative subjects in Tamangic. Ms. University of Surrey, SIUE and Tribhuvan University.

Bond, Oliver, Kristine A. Hildebrandt & Dubi Nanda Dhakal. In prep. Case, conditions, canonicity. Ms. University of Surrey, SIUE and Tribhuvan University.

Hildebrandt, Kristine A. & Oliver Bond. In prep. A micro-typology of contact effects and language viability in Tibetic & Tamangic (Tibeto-Burman). Ms. SIUE and University of Surrey.

Bond, Oliver. In prep. Negation systems. Ms. University of Surrey.