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"Language documentation is in principle a good thing for all concerned. It is good for the speech communities whose languages are documented; it is good for the countries where those languages are spoken; and it is good for humanity as a whole (Liberman, 2000)." However, to realize the potential benefits, documentary linguists must observe certain ethical conventions.

Four facets to ethical foundations for language documentation are:

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This area of the school is devoted to the ethical issues involved in language documentation. While the E-MELD project does not presume to advise on these matters, the subject of ethics is too important to be completely omitted from the School. This area is divided into three sections to help promote ethically grounded fieldwork:

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