Department of Linguistics Departmental-level Human Subjects

This website contains information on how to get permission to do Human Subjects research.  It is aimed at members of the Linguistics Department at the University of Arizona.  Others are welcome to read the information on this page, but many of the suggestions on this page may not apply to other departments, other types of research, or other universities. The current departmental IRB committee is Janet Nicol, Adam Ussishkin, and Masha Fedzechkina.

Guidelines

The Guidelines document covers what steps to follow to get human subjects permission, how to fill out the forms, and how to handle amendments or renewals later.  Please use this document while working on your draft F200 form.

Required checklist

Please download this checklist, and include it as a Word document with your IRB materials when you submit a new application to the department IRB committee.

Sample approved past projects

The following are projects that were submitted from our department lately that have been approved.  Choose one or more that have similarities to the research you want to propose, and use them to help you write your form.  Also use the Guidelines document, above, though.

 

Title Methods Location Population Other characteristics
Learnability of Root-and-Pattern Morphology similar to a wug test UA lab and foreign university English speakers, native Arabic speakers, native Maltese speakers, advanced Arabic learners  

Collaborative Research: Attrition in complex prosodic systems: tone and stress in Uspanteko (USP, Mayan)

Fieldwork-based phonetics / phonology and documentation UA lab and foreign field-sites Uspanteko speakers  

Language Use Among Burmese Refugees

Fieldwork-based phonetics documentation, aerodynamics, participant-observation, interviews, audio and video recording

Indiana, public locations, community center (with site authorization)

Burmese refugees, bilingual (Chin-English) speakers, minors (ages 14-17), minors (ages 7-13), adults

 
         
         
         
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample approved past projects (with old forms)

The following are projects that were submitted from our department with the old form that were approved. They are provided as an example to help you write your form, but please remember that there will be some differences between these and the forms you should be filling out now.

Title Methods Location Population Other characteristics
Association of Familial Handedness

EEG, perception, questionnaires

UA on campus

UA students (psych pool)

Potentially sensitive info in questionnaires

Typicality

 

Psycholing button press task

UA on campus

UA students (Psych pool)

 
Musical grammaticality

EEG, questionnaires

UA on campus

UA students (Psych pool)

Potentially sensitive info in questionnaires

Spanish Socio

Audio recording (wordlists and conversations), syntactic elicitation

Tucson, Phoenix, and New York, homes or public locations

native Spanish speakers

Research questions include several subfields of ling (socioling., syntax, others)

Burmese and perfect pitch Audio recording (wordlists and singing) UA campus lab, homes in Phoenix Burmese native speakers, UA students (Ling courses) 2 populations, different recruitment methods and experimental methods