Human Subjects Research

Visit the Office for Research, Innovation & Impact for full instructions on the Human Subjects Protection Program.

Members of the Department of Linguistics are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the permissions required to do Human Subjects research. The information on this page may not apply to other departments, other types of research, or other universities.

The current departmental IRB committee is Janet Nicol, Diana Archangeli, Mike Hammond, and Sonja Lanehart.

Please be aware that as we transition to the new E-IRB system, the documents below will be updated. 

Start the IRB Review Process


Please refer to the department guidelines document in order to fill out your Application for Human Research and other forms.

Required checklist

Please download the department IRB submissions 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 and have been approved. These projects were approved using old, out date forms, so in writing your own Application for Human Research form you will need to make sure you follow the department guidelines for the current forms.

Title Methods Location Population Other Characteristics
Association of Familial Handedness EEG, perception, questionnaires UArizona, on campus UArizona students (Psych pool) Potentially sensitive info in questionnaires
Typicality Psycholing button press task UArizona, on campus UArizona students (Psych pool)  
Musical Grammaticality EEG, questionnaires UArizona, on campus UArizona 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) UArizona campus lab, homes in Phoenix Burmese native speakers, UArizona students (Ling courses) 2 populations, different recruitment methods and experimental methods
Learnability of Root-and-Pattern Morphology Similar to a wug test UArizona 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 UArizona 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