Documenting the languages of the Orang Asli of Malaysia: Some ethical concerns

Nambiar, M.K. and Govindasamy, S. (2010) Documenting the languages of the Orang Asli of Malaysia: Some ethical concerns. Language & Communication, 30 (3, SI). pp. 171-178.

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Attempts to document the languages of indigenous communities which are facing the threat of extinction in linguistically diverse countries like Malaysia have given rise to numerous ethical issues, partly due to the disadvantaged and illiterate statuses of these minority communities. This paper explores some of these concerns such as that of obtaining informed consent, privacy and intrusion, withholding of information, data abuse, monetary rewards and cultural sensitivities in documenting the languages of six Orang Asli or indigenous groups in Malaysia. The study is based on the narratives of researchers in the field who were asked to introspect on their experiences in documenting the languages of the Orang Asli. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Orang Asli; Indigenous peoples; Malaysia; Informed consent; Privacy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Mr Faizal 2
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2015 02:42
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015 02:42

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