Kenneth L. Pike

(Kenneth Lee Pike)

Kenneth L. Pike
Kenneth L. Pike
  • Born: June 9, 1912
  • Died: December 31, 2000
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Sociologist









Kenneth Lee Pike was an American linguist and anthropologist. He was the originator of the theory of tagmemics, the coiner of the terms "emic" and "etic" and the developer of the constructed language Kalaba-X for use in teaching the theory and practice of translation.

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Acceptance of the power of God in one's life lays the groundwork for personal commitment to both science and Christianity, which so often have been in conflict. Life ;Religion & God ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Christianity stands or falls as a living program, a way of life, made concrete in the life of man by the life of God through the life of the concretely living Christ. Life ;Religion & God
Courage to continue comes from deeper sources than outward results.
Fruitful discourse in science or theology requires us to believe that within the contexts of normal discourse there are some true statements. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
God cannot be reduced to a sample for analysis. Religion & God
I wanted a theory that would allow one to live outside the office with the same philosophy one uses inside it.
Identity in the form of continuity of personality is an extremely important characteristic of the individual.
If I were to adopt pure mechanism as a philosophy, there would be no way I could choose to be a scholar.
If language did not affect behavior, it could have no meaning.
If the scholar feels that he must know everything about any topic, he is in trouble - and will not publish with a clear conscience.
It is also, I would guess, a universal that in all societies people value respectability granted to them.
Language is a tool adequate to provide any degree of precision relevant to a particular situation.
Language is not merely a set of unrelated sounds, clauses, rules, and meanings; it is a total coherent system of these integrating with each other, and with behavior, context, universe of discourse, and observer perspective.
Nobody is as good as he thinks he is.
Normal social behavior requires that we be able to recognize identities in spite of change. Unless we can do so, there can be no human society as we know it. Society
Outward failure may be a manifested variant of inward success. Failure ;Success
Revelation and the nature of truth must be viewed in reference to the structure of language. Truth ;Nature
So I see that Christianity in believing in a Creator pulls together more facts, data, inner experience and ability than any mechanistic view could hold for me.
That a society controls, to a greater or lesser extent, the behavior of its members is a universal; but the methods, the particulars of that control, vary from one culture to another. Society
The detached observer's view is one window on the world.
The marvelous thing is that even in studying linguistics, we find that the universe as a whole is patterned, ordered, and to some degree intelligible to us.
The price that one pays for refusing to act on the truth as one sees it, is to be led to believe untruth to avoid guilt. Truth
The universe extends beyond the mind of man, and is more complex than the small sample one can study.
The view of the local scene through the eyes of a native participant in that scene is a different window.
There is no truth without responsibility following in its wake. Truth
This required the development of a view which allowed one to integrate research with belief, thing with person, fact with aesthetics, knowledge with application of knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Today's practicality is often no more than the accepted form of yesterday's theory.
Verbal and nonverbal activity is a unified whole, and theory and methodology should be organized or created to treat it as such.
We assume, to begin with, that the individual is at least as complex in his internal structure as the language is which he speaks - otherwise, how could he speak a language which is complex?
When I conform to truth, I do not conform to an abstract principle; I conform to the nature of God. Truth ;Nature ;Religion & God
With acknowledgement of residues, we can be more easily prepared to grant the unit of science, the overlapping of disciplines, and the total coherence of all facts. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Without a possibility of change in meanings human communication could not perform its present functions. Communication & Communications