by Tony McEnery and Andrew Hardie; published by Cambridge University Press, 2012

Ethical issues

While the legal issues involved in corpus construction have been considered widely, less consideration has been paid in the literature to the ethical issues. Existing ethical guidelines for gathering and using data in linguistics are used routinely by corpus linguists. For example, the British Association of Applied Linguistics has a well-developed set of ethical guidelines.

But explicit discussion of ethical issues in corpus construction and use is rarely found in the corpus linguistic literature. Ethical issues affect not only corpus builders, but also, in different ways, respondents in a spoken corpus, corpus distributors, and corpus users.


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Tony McEnery Andrew Hardie

Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, United Kingdom