Clifton Pye

Clifton Pye is a professor emeritus of linguistics at the University of Kansas.

I am committed to recording and analyzing the acquisition of language and culture in indigenous societies. Such studies are critical because: 1) indigenous languages contain a wealth of unusual grammatical features which provide unique opportunities for evaluating theories of language acquisition and synchronic grammar, 2) the different conceptualizations of infants and infant care in these societies may have profound implications for theories of social and cognitive development, 3) the possibility for conducting such studies is receding quickly as these societies disappear, 4) the results provide these societies with information that is vital to language maintenance projects and cultural identity.


Documenting the Acquisition of Indigenous Languages

Documenting Mayan Language Acquisition

The Mayan Language Acquisition Laboratory

Minimal Coding Page



YouTube Videos


PAL Computer Programs for the analysis of language transcripts

Email: pyersqr (at) ku (dot) edu

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