Here’s an issue I’ve been dealing with in my recent research. We (my field methods class and I) have been videotaping two native TSL signers who come in for the morning. We take 2-3 breaks during the taping. We have their permission to tape them and have signed waivers that say how we can use the data and how they want to be recognized for their contribution to the research. The question is this: is it ethical to continue taping during the breaks? It would be a great way to get naturalistic informal conversation, especially between the two signers. My gut says no, and we have been turning off the video during breaks. Is there a more principled argument on either side?