Linguistics course at Western Ontario University

All professions encounter a range of issues around the ethical practice of their work. The profession of linguistics is no exception. To address the ethical issues that are unique to linguistics, the LSA has established an Ethics Committee. The committee has developed a number of resources and other materials relating to ethical issues in the practice of linguistics:

LSA Code of Ethics (Statement)

Code of Ethics for Linguists in Forensic Linguistics Consulting (PDF)

LSA Comments on U.S. federal Common Rule as described in the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), Human Subjects Research Protections (PDF)

Ethics Committee Blog


The LSA has taken positions on national issues with ethical implications for linguists:


The LSA is a member of the Coalition on Science and Human Rights, organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The coalition is active in addressing a range of ethical and humanitarian issues affecting scientists and vulnerable populations world-wide.