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.
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.