Article 15: Questionnaire 4:

Under Article 15 governments are asked to recognize the benefits to be derived from the encouragement and development of international contacts and cooperation in science:

7. What “international contacts” and forms of “international cooperation” are required to effectively conduct or participate in linguistics?

8. What government policies impose obstacles to the development of international contacts and cooperation in linguistics? What government policies exist to encourage the development of international contacts and cooperation?

Note: please answer this question with reference to specific examples of the laws, policies and/or programs of your government.

9. What other kinds of activities should the government be undertaking to facilitate international contacts and cooperation in linguistics?

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3 Responses to Article 15: Questionnaire 4:

  1. Claire says:

    it seems to me that this question is a little less relevant to linguistics than to some other disciplines, and that many potential issues about access to information, obstacles to development, etc, will improve as access to technology improves. Others may think of other requirements though.

  2. Jeff Good says:

    In my own experience, it is often very helpful, and even critical, to have good contacts with scholars when one wants to conduct linguistic research outside of one’s home country, though, of course, it depends on the country.

    While I have had nothing but good experiences working with scholars in the main country where I presently conduct my field research, that country’s government hinders the work somewhat by creating official barriers to acquiring research permits that do not give sufficient authority to local scholars to work out effective collaborations with outside scholars like myself. Instead requirements come down from “on high” which are not always ideal for effective collaboration.

  3. Paul Chapin says:

    This is something that came up with some frequency while I was directing the Linguistics Program at NSF. Linguistics is by nature an international discipline, and effective research often requires extended stay and work in another country. That cannot be done without the cooperation of the officialdom of the host country, and also the relevant local scholars/investigators. In most cases such cooperation was readily forthcoming, but there were a number of instances when it was a real barrier. To the extent that this document exhorts governments to respect and protect the rights of foreign researchers, it can be of significant benefit to linguistics.

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