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Working with Human Subjects

Experiments and data collection using human subjects must conform to the department's research protocols. Faculty and students involved in these research activities must have received Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) certification.

Department Protocols

The University of Rochester Department of Linguistics has protocols for the collection of data from human subjects that involve minimal or no risk. Faculty members listed on the protocols, and both undergraduate and graduate students being supervised by faculty, may do experiments and data collections under these protocols, as long as they have received CITI certification and follow the protocols. For information on research and research protocols held by individual faculty, see the faculty websites.

Before you begin your experiments or data collection, please send the faculty member whose protocol you are working under a copy of your official CITI certification with your number and expiration dates.

If you have questions, contact Professor Joyce McDonough.

CITI Certification

The Office for Human Subject Protection (OHSP) at the University of Rochester requires all study team members to successfully complete human subjects training through an online program called the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) prior to conducting any human subject research. Anyone who wishes to conduct research involving human subjects and be listed on a protocol must have completed the CITI certification and have received an IRB number. See the CITI certification page for more information.

Research Projects and Protocols

The following are some research projects and protocols that are held by faculty members and associates in the Department of Linguistics. Please contact the individual faculty and Linguistics’s labs for further information.

Maya Abtahian

  • The Rochester accent project (TRAP)

Solviega Armsokaite

  • Cross-linguistic study of nominalizations in synactic constructions

Greg Carlson

  • Determinerless NP’s and reference to kinds
  • Stage and individual level predicates
  • Semantic and pragmatic processing

Nadine Grimm

  • A grammar of Gyeli (Cameroon)
  • Number systems

Scott Grimm

  • Computational Linguistics
  • Quantitative and experimental approaches to meaning in language

Joyce McDonough

  • Cross-linguistic study of speech production
  • Phonetic study of  under-resourced languages and dialects
  • Inflectional morphology and phonetic structure
  • The coding of speech sounds in the mid-brain (with Laurel Carney)

Jeff Runner

  • Structural and Pragmatic constraints on the interpretation of reflexives and pronouns
  • Cross-linguistic anaphor resolation
  • Linguistic structure in ellpsis and pronoun interpretation