LINGUIST List 16.1324

Mon Apr 25 2005

Qs: Bilingual Experiment; Field Work & Human Subjects

Editor for this issue: Megan Zdrojkowski <>


        1.    Nicholas Bacuez, Bilingual Experiment
        2.    Claire Bowern, Field Work and Human Subjects Approval

Message 1: Bilingual Experiment
Date: 24-Apr-2005
From: Nicholas Bacuez <>
Subject: Bilingual Experiment

Hello everyone,

I'm currently running some research on homosexuality and for some reasons
of reference, I need to find who did this experiment about French-English
bilingual individuals in Canada (I guess). A same person was perceived
very differently according to the language he/she used although he/she
would have "perfect" french and english. it's a test on descrimination for
which I would like to have the reference if anyone sees what I'm writing about I
would be appreciative. A colleague told me about Lambert but I could not find
the text.

Thanks to all of you.


Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)
French (FRN)
Message 2: Field Work and Human Subjects Approval
Date: 24-Apr-2005
From: Claire Bowern <>
Subject: Field Work and Human Subjects Approval

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'?]

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Language Description