Sample Consent Forms

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Getting Consent

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.



The content of this page was developed from contributions from Josephine Caffery, Charles Darwin University, Dr. Gary Holton, Alaska Native Language Center, and Sue Hanson, Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre.

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