For the last few years, I have been working on various aspects of Qiang (Tibeto-Burman) phonology, phonetics, and historical morphology.
I am interested in the Qiang (Tibeto-Burman) language of Sichuan province. In particular, I am interested in how language-internal and language-external factors affect its historical development. This research has extended to both morphology and phonology. With regard to morphology, I recently (2004) reconstructed the Proto-Qiang verb canon
More of my research has been in the area of historical phonology. At present, I am engaged in teasing apart the effects of tone, stress, and accent in Southern Qiang dialects, with a view to a greater understanding of how tone has arisen in (some of) these dialects.
Evans, Jonathan P.; Sun, Jackson T.-S.; Chiu, Chenhao; Liou, Michelle. 2015. Uvularization as a vowel feature. Journal of the International Phonetic Association.
Stanford, J. A. and Evans, J.P. 2012. The influence of Mandarin Chinese on minority languages in rural southwest China: a sociolinguistic study of tones in contact. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 1-22.
Aston, John A. D., Chiou, J. M., Evans, J. P. 2010. Linguistic pitch analysis using functional principal component mixed effect models. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C (Applied Statistics). London: Wiley. Vol. 59, Part 2, pp. 297–317.
Jonathan P. Evans, Man-ni Chu, John A. D. Aston, Chao-yu Su. 2010. Linguistic and human effects on F0 in a tonal dialect of Qiang. Phonetica 67, 1-2.
Jonathan Evans. 2009. (submitted)Types of tonal culminativity in languages of Sichuan and elsewhere.
Jonathan P. EVANS. 2008. ’African’ tone in the Sinosphere. Language and Linguistics 9.3:463-490.
Jonathan P. EVANS and Chenglong Huang. 2007. A bottom-up approach to vowel systems: the case of Yadu Qiang. Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale 36.2.
Jonathan Evans. 2006. Vowel quality in Hongyan Qiang. Language and Linguistics 7.4: 937-960.
Jonathan Evans. 2006. Origins of vowel pharyngealization in Hongyan Qiang. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 29.2:91-123.
Jonathan P. Evans. 2001. Contact-Induced Tonogenesis in Southern Qiang. Language and Linguistics 2.2:63 - 110.
Jonathan P. Evans. 2009. Is there a Himalayan tone typology?. Tibeto-Burman Historical Linguistics. Senri Ethnological Studies No. 75. ed. by Nagano, Y., Senri, Japan: National Museum of Ethnology.
Jonathan Evans. 2004. Reconstruction of the Proto-Qiang verb complex. Studies on Sino-Tibetan Languages: Papers in Honor of Professor Hwang-Cherng Gong on His Seventieth Birthday. Language and Linguistics 201-238. ed. by Ying-chin Lin et al., Taipei: Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica.