icon Jonathan P. EVANS Associate Research Fellow 
Contact Information
Research Description
iconContact Information

Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica
128, Section 2, Academia Road 115, Taipei,
Taiwan, R.O.C

Telephone: 02-2652-5038
E-mail: jonathan@sinica.edu.tw

Homepage: http://idv.sinica.edu.tw/jonathan/


Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, USA


Associate Research Fellow (01/06/2009—present)
Assistant Research Fellow (09/11/2003—01/05/2009)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Oakland University, USA (01/2001—08/2003)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, USA (01/2000—05/2000)

iconResearch Description

        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.

iconPublications - Journal Papers
  • Evans, Jonathan P., Wen-Chi Yeh, Rukmini Kulkarni. in press. Acoustics of Tone in Indian Punjabi. Transactions of the Philological Society.
  • Evans, Jonathan P.; Sun, Jackson T.-S.; Chiu, Chenhao; Liou, Michelle. 2016. Uvular approximation as an articulatory vowel feature. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 46:1-31.
  • Hadjipantelis, P. Z., Aston, J. A., Muller, H. G., & Evans, J. P. 2015. Unifying amplitude and phase analysis: A compositional data approach to functional multivariate mixed-effects modeling of Mandarin Chinese. Journal of the American Statistical Association 110(510):545-559.
  • Chun-Hsien Hsu, Jonathan P. Evans*, Chia-Ying Lee. 2015. Brain responses to spoken F0 changes: Is H special?. Journal of Phonetics 51:82-92.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2015. High is not just the opposite of Low. Journal of Phonetics 51: 1-5.
  • Tsai, A.C.; Savostyanov, A.N.; Wu, A.; Evans, J.P.; Chien, V.S.C.; Yang, H.H.; Yang, D.Y.; Liou M. 2013. Recognizing Syntactic Errors in Chinese and English Sentences: Brain Electrical Activity in Asperger’s Syndrome. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 7(7):889-905.
  • 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.  download
  • Hadjipantelis, H. Z.; Aston, J. A. D.; Evans, J. P. 2012. Characterizing fundamental frequency in Mandarin: A functional principal component approach utilizing mixed effect models. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 131(6):4651-4664.
  • 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.  download
  • 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.  download
  • Jonathan Evans. 2009. (submitted)Types of tonal culminativity in languages of Sichuan and elsewhere.  download
  • Jonathan P. EVANS. 2008. ’African’ tone in the Sinosphere. Language and Linguistics 9.3:463-490.  download
  • 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.
  • 黃成龍,余文生。2007。<羌語關係子句的類型>。《漢藏語學報》(創刊號) 第1期。
  • Jonathan Evans. 2006. Vowel quality in Hongyan Qiang. Language and Linguistics 7.4: 937-960.  download
  • Jonathan Evans. 2006. Origins of vowel pharyngealization in Hongyan Qiang. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 29.2:91-123.  download
  • Jonathan P. Evans. 2001. Contact-Induced Tonogenesis in Southern Qiang. Language and Linguistics 2.2:63 - 110.  download

iconPublications - Conference Papers
  • Basumatary, Prafulla., & Evans, Jonathan P. 2018. Removing Indo-Aryan bias from the phonological description of Bodo. 51th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics 92-106. Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Langthasa, Dhrubajit., & Evans, Jonathan P. 2018. #Numeral Classifier and Word Order in Dimasa and Bodo-Garo. 51th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics 470-480. Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Ghagra, Anukampa., & Evans, Jonathan P. 2018. #Verbal suffixes /-o/ and /-kha/ in Kokborok. 51th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics 245-250. Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2017. R-like sounds in Northwestern Rma. International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics 50. Bureau of Scientific Research Management of Chinese Academy of Social Science, Beijing, China.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2017. Stages of tonogenesis in Punjabi. The 4th International Workshop on Sound Change (WSC4). University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2016. Tawra (达让) verbal inflection. Fourth workshop on Sino-Tibetan Languages of Southwest China (STLS-2016). University of Washington, Seattle, USA.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2016. Acoustic properties of Punjabi tone. 32nd South Language Analysis Roundtable. Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2014. Tawra (达让) verbal morphology. International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics 47. Yunnan Normal University, Kunming, China.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2013. Patterns of culminative tone in Sino-Tibetan languages (Invited lecture). 3rd International Conference on Phonetics and Phonology (3rd ICPP). Tokyo: NINJAL.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. & Jackson T.-S. Sun. 2013. Presence or absence of tone in a Northern Qiang dialect. 3rd Workshop on Sino-Tibetan languages of Sichuan. Paris: CNRS.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2013. Uvularization as a vowel feature. ILAS.
  • Jonathan P. Evans & Jackson T.-S. Sun. 2012. Mawo Qiang vowel uvularization. 45th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics. Singapore: Nanyang Technological University.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2011. Tense-Aspect Marking on Discourse Connectives in Tawra. Workshop on the Representation of Time in Asian Languages. Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2011. The Use of Verb Morphology on Discourse Connectives in Tawra. 5th Conference on Language, Discourse and Cognition (CLDC 2011). Taipei: National Taiwan University Graduate Institute of Linguistics.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2010. Mixed Effects Models: An introduction. ILAS.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2008. Types of tonal culminativity in languages of Sichuan and elsewhere. Workshop on Tibeto-Burman Languages of Sichuan. Taipei: ILAS.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2008. Functional Principal Component Linear Mixed Effect Analysis of Fundamental Frequency. Academia Sinica Statistical Sciences Institute Summer Statistics Camp.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2008. Is there a Himalayan tone typology?. Linguistic Substrata in Tibet. National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2008. House-internal geography in Ronghong Qiang.. 41st ICSTLL. SOAS, London.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2006. How do you analyze a three tone system – when all three are high?. 39th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics. Seattle, USA.  download
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2006. How do you analyze a three-tone system, when all three tones are high?. 39th ICSTLL 20 pp. University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2006. Characterizations of word tone and accent tone. IACL-14/ IsCLL-10 17 pp. Taipei: Academia Sinica.
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2004. The history of consonant clusters in Qiang. The 3rd Cross-Straits Workshop on Tibeto-Burman Languages and Linguistics 11 pp. ms. City University of Hong Kong.

iconPublications - Book chapters
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2018. Common tone sandhi processes across Sino-Tibetan languages. Tonal Change and Tonal Neutralization 223-248. Haruo Kubozono, Mikio Giriko, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Evans, J. P.; Sun, J. T.-S. 2015. Qiang. Encyclopedia of Chinese Languages and Linguistics.
  • Sun, J. T.-S. & Evans, J.P. 2013. Mawo Qiang vowel phonology revisited. 大江東去:王士元先生80華誕慶祝文集. 石鋒、彭剛, City University of Hong Kong Press.
  • 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.  download
  • 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.  download

iconPublications - Books
  • Jonathan Evans. 2001. Introduction to Qiang Lexicon and Phonology: Synchrony and Diachrony Tokyo. ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies vii + 426 pp.  download

iconPublications - Other
  • Evans, Jonathan P. 2015. What’s So Special About H(igh)? Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on the Linguistic Functions of Raised Pitch. A Special Issue of Journal of Phonetics.

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