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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

By: Ernst Jahr

Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule

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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

By Neil Smith

The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.

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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

By Henk Zeevat

The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin

Query Details

Query Subject:   Field Work and Human Subjects Approval
Author:   Claire Bowern
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Language Documentation
Anthropological Linguistics

Query:   I'm trying to get a sense of the procedures for gaining human subjects
approval for researchers doing fieldwork from universities in different
countries. I'm especially in need of feedback from non-US and
non-Australian universities.

I'd be very grateful if you could send me an email with the following

I'll aggregate responses and post a summary by country. (Any comments will
be kept confidential unless you ask me to include them in the summary.)

Thanks very much in advance for your help.

Claire Bowern
Rice University

Are you required to apply for approval from an ethics committee? (IRB/HUman
subjects in research, etc)
If so, does the committee fully evaluate your application or does it
typically grant an exemption?
Any comments on the process? [e.g. any problems with differing expectations
of anonymity between the linguist/community and the review board, or with
documenting 'informed consent'?]
LL Issue: 16.1324
Date posted: 25-Apr-2005


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