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I'm starting a new community-based project. How can I make sure that I'm getting informed consent from the people who will be participating in this project?
A recent discussion about informed consent took place on the RNLD list (September 2010).
Here are some recent publications on this topic:
Austin, Peter K. 2010. Communities, ethics and rights in language documentation. In Peter K. Austin (ed.) Language Documentation and Description, vol. 7: 34-54. London: The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project.
Grinevald, Colette. 2006. Worrying about ethics and wondering about "informed consent": Fieldwork from an Americanist perspective. In A. Saxena and L. Borin (eds.) Lesser known languages in South Asia: Status and policies, case studies and applications of information technology. TiLSM 175, 339-370, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Rice, Keren 2006. Ethical issues in linguistic fieldwork: An overview. Journal of Academic Ethics 4: 123-155.
Robinson, Laura C. 2010. Informed consent among analog people in a digital world. Language & Communication 30: 186-191.