Sample Consent Forms
It is important to obtain informed consent from consultants before documenting an endangered language. Many institutions have standard forms for research with human subjects; in other cases, it may be necessary to create a new one. The following contributors have generously donated examples of the consent forms used in their research.
Josephine Caffery, Charles Darwin University, has contributed a consent form and a statement in plain language of the purpose of the research. The latter was designed for consultants with minimal literacy, for whom English is not a first language.
Dr. Gary Holton, Alaska Native Language Center, has contributed two consent forms, the first for a project documenting the pronunciation of a language, the second for developing teaching materials.
Sue Hanson, Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre, has contributed a consent form which includes instructions for disposal of the materials in the event of the consultant's death.