Clifton L. Pye

Research Centers - Linguistics
Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-2870
Blake Hall
Room 424
University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129


Summary

Teaching Interests

  • Language Acquisition
  • Learnability
  • Bilingual/Bidialectal Acquisition
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Morphology
  • Language Universals and Language Typology
  • Language Loss, Ethnography of Communication
  • Language and Culture
  • Mayan Languages
  • Mesoamerican Languages
  • Mesoamerican Hieroglyphics
  • Athabaskan Languages
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Introduction to Linguistics. Culture and Infancy
  • Culture and Cognition
  • The Development of Social Interaction
  • Symbolic Anthropology
  • Cultures of Mesoamerica
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.

Research

I am committed to recording and analyzing the acquisition of language and culture in Native American societies. Such studies are critical because: 1) these 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 become westernized, 4) the results provide these societies with information that is vital to language maintenance projects and cultural identity.

More generally I am interested in all aspects of first language acquisition: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, and socio-cultural aspects of language use. The cross-linguistic study of language acquisition provides especially rich data on the interaction of universal cognitive/semantic categories and processes with language-specific structures, e.g. phonological categories, morphosyntactic rules, and verb-argument structure. I am also interested in developing valid methodological procedures for assessing children's linguistic competence in diverse languages as well as procedures for analyzing language data on the computer.

Selected Publications

Pye, C. (2017). The Comparative Method of Language Acquisition Research.

Pye, C. (2017). A metaphorical theory of meaning. Linguistik Indonesia, ke-35(1), 1-12.

Pye, C. Mateo, P. Pfeiler, B. & Stengel, D. (2017). Analysis of Variation in Mayan Child Phonologies. Lingua, 198, 38-52.

Pye, C. Pfeiler, B. & Mateo Pedro, P. (2017). The acquisition of Mayan languages. In N. England, J. Aissen, & R. Zavala (Eds.), The Mayan Languages (pp. 19-42).

Pye, C. & Pfeiler, B. (2017). A comparative study of the acquisition of nominative and ergative agreement in European and Mayan languages. In J. Coon, D. Massam, & L. Demean Travis (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ergativity (pp. 665-689).

Pye, C. Pfeiler, B. & Mateo Pedro, P. (2017). The Acquisition of Negation in Three Mayan Languages. Estudios de Cultura Maya, 49, 227-246.

Pye, C. (2016). Mayan Negation Cycles. In E. van Gelderen (Ed.), Cyclical Change Continued.

Pye, C. (2016). Pame Children. Pame Children.

Pye, C. (2014). [Review of the book Translating Maya Hieroglyphs, Scott A. J. Johnson]. International Journal of American Linguistics, 80(4), 556-7. The University of Chicago Press.

Pye, C. & Pfeiler, B. (2014). The Comparative Method of Language Acquisition Research: A Mayan Case Study. Journal of Child Language, 41, 382-415.

Brown, P. Pfeiler, B. de Le├│n, L. & Pye, C. (2013). The Acquisition of Agreement in Four Mayan Languages. In E. Bavin & S. Stoll (Eds.), The Acquisition of Ergativity. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Pye, C. Pfeiler, B. & Mateo Pedro, P. (2013). The Acquisition of Extended Ergativity in Mam, QΓÇÖanjobΓÇÖal and Yucatec. In E. Bavin & S. Stoll (Eds.), The Acquisition of Ergativity (pp. 307-335). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Pye, C. (2013). A Tale of Two Mam Children: Contact Induced Language Change in Mayan Child Language. International Journal of American Linguistics.

Pfeiler, B. & Pye, C. (2013). El método comparativo: una propuesta
 para la investigación de la adquisición del lenguaje. (pp. 23-44). Austria: ACPUB Academic Publishers.

Pye, C. (2012). The Poverty of the Mayan Stimulus. Journal of Child Language , 39, 611-636.

Pye, C. (2011). Mayan Stative Predication. In K. Shklovsky, P. Mateo Pedro, & J. Coon (Eds.), MIT Working Papers in Linguistics Vol. 63. Proceedings of Formal Approaches to Mayan Linguistics (pp. 191-207). Cambridge, MA: MITWPL.

Pye, C. (2010). A Distributed Architecture for the Documentation of Language and Culture. SBE 2020: Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences. www.nsf.gov/sbe/sbe_2020/index.cfm

Pye, C. (2009). Cycles of Complementation in the Mayan Languages. In E. van Gelderen (Ed.), Cyclical Change (pp. 265-284). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Pye, C. Mateo, P. Pfeiler, B. López, A. Gutiérrez, P. Stengel, D. & Pye, C. (2008). Adquisición de consonantes iniciales en cinco lenguas mayas: un análisis fonológico. In Proceedings of the IX Encuentro Internacional de Lingüística en el Noroeste, Hermosillo, Mexico.

Pye, C. (2007). Explaining Ergativity. In B. Pfeiler (Ed.), Learning indigenous languages: Child language acquisition in Mesoamerica (pp. 47-68). Hannover: Verlag f├╝r Ethnologie, Colecci├│n Americana X.

Pye, C. Pfeiler, B. de Le├│n, L. Brown, P. & Mateo, P. (2007). Roots or edges?: A comparative study of Mayan childrenΓÇÖs early verb forms. In B. Pfeiler (Ed.), Learning indigenous languages: Child language acquisition in Mesoamerica (pp. 15-46). Hannover: Verlag f├╝r Ethnologie, Colecci├│n Americana X.

Pye, C. (2007). The genetic matrix of Mayan three-place predicates and their acquisition in KΓÇÖicheΓÇÖ Mayan. Linguistics, 45(3), 653-682.

Pye, C. & Mateo, P. (2006). Estudio comparativo de la adquisición del sistema ergativo en dos lenguas mayas. In Proceedings of the Congreso de Idiomas Indígenas de Latinoamérica. www.ailla.utexas.org/site/cilla2/PyeMateo_CILLA2_lengmayas.pdf

Pye, C. (Ed.). (2006). Ch'ol videos. Acquisition of Mayan Languages. The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America The University of Texas at Austin, Texas: LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, and the Department of Linguistics.

Pye, C. (Ed.). (2006). Mam videos. Acquisition of Mayan Languages. The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America The University of Texas at Austin, Texas: LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, and the Department of Linguistics.

Pye, C. (Ed.). (2006). Q'anjob'al videos. Acquisition of Mayan Languages. The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America The University of Texas at Austin, Texas: LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, and the Department of Linguistics.

Brackenbury, T. & Pye, C. (2005). Semantic Deficits in Children With Language Impairments: Issues for Clinical Assessment. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools , 36, 5-16.

Pye, C. (2003). The acquisition of KΓÇÖicheΓÇÖ status suffixes. In T. C. Smith Stark & R. Zavala (Eds.), Festschrift for Terrence Kaufman
.

Pye, C. (2003). [Review of Knorosov: The Decipherment of the Mayan Script]. Visual Anthropology , 17 (2), 22-24.

Pye, C. (2001). La adquisición de la morfología verbal en el maya k’iche. In Procedimientos del IV Encuentro sobre Adquisición del Lenguaje. Mexico.

Pye, C. (2001). The Acquisition of Finiteness in KΓÇÖicheΓÇÖ Maya. In BUCLD 25: Proceedings of the 25th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 645-656). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Pye, C. Aoki, T. & Morikawa, H. (2000). Verb acquisition in English and Japanese. In Proceedings of the 1999 Mid-America Linguistics Conference. Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas.

Pye, C. (2000). [Review of Methods for Assessing ChildrenΓÇÖs Syntax, by edited by Dana McDaniel, Cecile McKee and Helen Smith Cairns ]. Journal of Child Language , 27, 213-218.

Ingram, D. & Pye, C. (1998). The acquisition of ergativity. In Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 520-524). Mahwah, NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Pye, C. (1998). Zoque verb compounds. In Proceedings of the 1997 Mid-America Linguistics Conference, Columbia, Missouri (pp. 358-365).

Loeb, D. F., Pye, C. Richardson, L. Z., & Redmond, S. (1998). Causative alternations of children with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research , 41, 1103-1114.

Pye, C. & Pao, Y. Y. (1996). Making the cut. In Proceedings of the 1994 Mid-America Linguistics Conference (KU).

Pye, C. Loeb, D. F., & Pao, Y. Y. (1996). The Acquisition of Breaking and Cutting. In The Proceedings of the Twenty-seventh Annual Child Language Research Forum (pp. 227-236). Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information.

Loeb, D. F., Pye, C. Redmond, S. & Richardson, L. Z. (1996). Eliciting Verbs from children with specific language impairment. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology , 5, 17-30.

Pye, C. (1996). KΓÇÖicheΓÇÖ Maya verbs of breaking and cutting. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics , 21, 87-98.

Pye, C. & Pao, Y. Y. (1995). Making the Cut. In The Proceedings of the Mid-America Linguistics Conference, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

Pye, C. Loeb, D. F., Redmond, S. & Richardson, L. Z. (1995). When Do Children Acquire Verbs? In The Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth Annual Child Language Research Forum (pp. 60-70). Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information.

Pye, C. (1994). [Review of The Childes Project: Tools for Analyzing Talk , by Brian MacWhinney]. Language.

Pye, C. (1993). A Cross-Linguistic Approach to the Causative Alternation. In Y. Levy (Ed.), Other Children, Other Languages (pp. 243-263). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Ingram, D. & Pye, C. (1993). The acquisition of miniature languages: The search for a new paradigm. International Journal of Psycholinguistics , 9, 147-158.

Pye, C. Cheung, H. & Kemper, S. (1992). Island Constraints at Eighty. In H. Goodluck & M. Rochemont (Eds.), Island Constraints: Theory, Acquisition and Processing (pp. 351-372). Dordrecht: Kluwer.

Pye, C. (1992). Language Loss in the Chilcotin. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Special Issue 93, 75-86.

Pye, C. (1991). The Acquisition of KΓÇÖicheΓÇÖ (Maya) . In D. Isaac Slobin (Ed.), The Crosslinguistic Study of Language Acquisition (Vol. 3, pp. 221-308). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Pye, C. (1991). Learning to Constrain Verb Transitivity. In 1990 Mid-America Linguistics Conference Papers (pp. 294-304). Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas.

Pye, C. (1991). Acquiring Lexical Constraints on Causatives in K'iche' Maya. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development 30, 96-103. Stanford.

Pye, C. & Rekart, D. (1990). La Adquisición del K'iche'. In N. C. England & S. R. Elliott (Eds.), Lecturas sobre la Lingüistica Maya (pp. 115-126). La Antigua, Guatemala: Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica.

Pye, C. (1990). The Acquisition of Ergative Languages. Linguistics, 28, 1291-1330.

Pye, C. (1990). The Acquisition of Vo Movement. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development 29, 96-103. Stanford.

Pye, C. (1990). Acquisition of Xo Movement. Working Papers in Language Development, University of Kansas 5, 167-185.

Pye, C. (1989). [Review of "Variation and Error" by E. Ochs and "The Acquisition of Kaluli" by B. B. Schieffelin in D. Slobin (Ed), The Crosslinguistic Study of Language Acquisition, Vol. 1: The Data]. The Journal of Child Language , 16, 446-449.

Pye, C. (1989). [Review of Synthesis/Commentary chapter in The Teachability of Language, by M. Rice & R. Schiefelbusch (Eds)]., 127-130. Baltimore, MD: Paul Brooks.

Pye, C. (1989). The Focus Antipassive in Quiché Mayan. Kansas University Working Papers in Linguistics

Pye, C. & Quixtan Poz, P. (1989). Why Functionalism won't Function: The Acquisition of Passives and Antipassives in K'iche' Mayan. Working Papers in Language Development 4, 39-53. The Child Language Program, University of Kansas.

Pye, C. (1988). Setting the Ergative Parameter. In 1987 Mid-America Linguistics Conference Papers (pp. 239-251). Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas.

Pye, C. & Ingram, D. (1988). Automating the Analysis of Child Phonology. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics , 2, 115-137.

Pye, C. Wilcox, K. A., & Siren, K. A. (1988). Refining Transcriptions: The Significance of Transcriber ΓÇÿErrorsΓÇÖ . Journal of Child Language , 15, 17-37.

Pye, C. (1988). Towards an Anthropology of Language Acquisition. Language Sciences , 10, 123-146.

Pye, C. & Quixtan Poz, P. (1988). Precocious Passives (and Antipassives) in Quiché Mayan. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development 27, 71-80. Stanford.

Pye, C. Ingram, D. & List, H. (1987). A Comparison of Initial Consonant Acquisition in English and Quiché. In K. Nelson & A. van Kleeck (Eds.), Children's Language (Vol. 6, pp. 175-190). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Pye, C. (1987). The Pye Analysis of Language. Working Papers in Language Development 3, 1-37. The Child Language Program, University of Kansas.

Pye, C. (1986). One Lexicon or Two?: An alternative interpretation of early bilingual speech . The Journal of Child Language , 13, 591-593.

Pye, C. (1986). Quiché Mayan Speech to Children. The Journal of Child Language , 13, 85-100.

Pye, C. (1986). An Ethnography of Mayan Speech to Children. Working Papers in Child Language 1, 30-58. The Child Language Program, University of Kansas.

Pye, C. (1985). The Acquisition of Transitivity in Quiché Mayan. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development 24, 115-22. Stanford.

Pye, C. (1985). [Review of Language Development, Vol. 2: Language, Thought and Culture, by Stan Kuczaj, II (ed.)]. The Journal of Child Language, 702-5.

Pye, C. (1985). [Review of Language Learning and Language Development, by Steven Pinker]. Language , 61, 903-7.

Bernstein Ratner, N. & Pye, C. (1984). Higher Pitch in BT is not Universal: Acoustic Evidence from Quiché Mayan. The Journal of Child Language , 11, 515-522.

Pye, C. (1984). [Review of Adquisicion Fonologica en Espanol Bonaerense, by Maria Beatriz Fontanella de Weinberg]. Language , 60, 187.

Pye, C. (1984). [Review of Language and Language Acquisition, by F. Lowenthal, F. Vandamme and J. Cordier (eds.) ]. Language , 60, 1001.

Pye, C. (1983). Mayan Telegraphese: Intonational Determinants of Inflectional Development in Quiché Mayan. Language , 59, 583-604.

Pye, C. (1983). [Review of Child Language: An International Perspective, by Philip S. Dale and David Ingram (eds.) ]. The Journal of Child Language , 10, 471-4.

Pye, C. (1983). [Review of Generally Speaking: How Children Learn Language, by Ronald Macaulay ]. Language , 59, 456-7.

Pye, C. (1983). [Review of Information and Meaning in Child Communication, by Peter Lloyd and Michael Beveridge]. Language, 59, 939-40.

Pye, C. (1983). [Review of Language Development, Vol. I: Syntax and Semantics, by Stan Kuczaj, II (ed.)]. The Journal of Child Language , 10, 672-6.

Pye, C. (1983). [Review of Problemes de Prosodie, I: Approches Theoriques, by Pierre Leon and Mario Rossi (eds.) ]. Language , 59, 437-8.

Pye, C. (1982). Mayan Telegraphese: Stage I Speech in Quiché Mayan . In Proceedings of the Second International Congress for the Study of Child Language (Vol. 1, pp. 201-19). Lanham, MD : University Press of America.

Pye, C. (1981). [Review of The Development of Communication, by Natalie Waterson and Catherine Snow (eds.) ]. The Journal of Child Language , 8, 500-5.

Pye, C. (1980). Person Marker Acquisition in Quiché Mayan. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development 19, 53-9. Stanford.

Pye, C. (1979). The Acquisition of Quiché (Mayan). Current Anthropology , 20, 459-60.


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