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Ethical Field Research

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How can we define ethical research? A broad definition might be ‘a way of working that you, the research community, and the language community think is appropriate’. We can consider the question of ethics broadly, as the moral standards to which fieldworkers should adhere in their professional work, or more narrowly, in the legal sense, or the sense of ‘what type of research is approved by university ethics boards’.

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11.9 Further reading

  • Ethics: Rice (2006a), Rieschild (2003), Ellen (1984), Agar (1996), Larmouth (1992), Murray and Murray (1992), McKinney (2000: 9–20), Singleton and Straits (2005: ch 16), Eckert (2014). American Ethnologist, e.g. issue 33/3 has a feature on IRBs. The Linguistic Society of America’s Ethics Statement can be found at http://www.linguistic-society.org/files/Ethics_Statement.pdf.

  • Endangered language communities: Caffery (2006), Musgrave and Thieberger (2006), Wilkins (1992), Grenoble and Whaley (2006), Stebbins (2003).

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  • Payment: McLaughlin and Sall (2001:196-197).

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  • Researchers: Gabriel (2000), Cyr (1999), Schreier (2003: ch 4), Nagy (2000).

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Bowern, C. (2015). Ethical Field Research. In: Linguistic Fieldwork. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137340801_11

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