Nicholas Evans (linguist)

Nicholas Evans (born 1956 in Los Angeles, USA) is an Australian-American linguist.

Holding a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Australian National University (ANU), he is Head and Professor at the School of Culture, History and Language at the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. Formerly, he was Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.

His research Interests include Australian languages, Papuan languages, linguistic typology, historical and contact linguistics, semantics, and the mutual influence of language and culture. His current projects: the way in which diverse grammars underpin social cognition (with Alan Rumsey and others); ongoing fieldwork on various Aboriginal languages of Northern Australia (Dalabon, Iwaidja, Marrku, Bininj Gun-wok, Kayardild); work on endangered song-language traditions of Western Arnhem Land (with Allan Marett, Linda Barwick and Murray Garde); a new fieldwork project on the little-known languages of the Morehead Region, Western Province, Papua New Guinea.

Key Publications

  • (2010). Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • (2006). With Ameka, Felix and Dench, Alan (eds). Catching language: the standing challenge of grammar-writing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • (2003). Bininj Gun-wok: a pan-dialectal grammar of Mayali, Kunwinjku and Kune. (2 vols). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • (2003). The non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern Australia: comparative studies of the continent’s most linguistically complex region. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • (1997). With McConvell, Patrick (eds). Archaeology and Linguistics: Global Perspectives on Ancient Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • (1995). A Grammar of Kayardild. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

References

  • Evans, Nicholas (2005). "Australian Languages Reconsidered: A Review of Dixon (2005)". Oceanic Linguistics 44 (1), pp. 242-286.
  • Evans, Nicholas (ed.) (2003). The non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern Australia: comparative studies of the continent's most linguistically complex region. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. x + 513.
  • Evans, Nicholas (2003). Bininj Gun-wok: a pan-dialectal grammar of Mayali, Kunwinjku and Kune. (2 volumes). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Evans, Nicholas and Hans-Jürgen Sasse (eds) (2002). Problems of Polysynthesis. Berlin: Akademie Verlag. Studia Typologica, Neue Reihe.
  • McConvell, Patrick; and Nicholas Evans (eds) (1997). Archaeology and Linguistics: Aboriginal Australia in Global Perspective. Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia. ISBN 0-19-553728-9. 
  • Evans, Nicholas (1995). A Grammar of Kayardild. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

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