[Lingtyp] ALT: code of conduct

Giorgio Francesco Arcodia giorgio.arcodia at unimib.it
Mon Nov 20 23:20:28 UTC 2017

Dear colleagues,

I completely agree with David Gil. Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't know
how we could define e.g. "inappropriate physical contact" in a
culturally-neutral way. This is simply not possible. In some cultures, even
a handshake could be perceived, or construed, as "inappropriate",
especially between people of the opposite sex.
I strongly believe that, unless we want to impose the values of the
Anglophone West to all participants to all ALT conferences anywhere in the
world, we cannot have this sort of rules.
On the other hand, Martin's suggestion is more than reasonable, in my view,
and I would be glad to vote to approve it.
Lastly, I think that any conference organiser would reprimand a participant
being disruptive/offensive/aggressive/etc. This is just common sense. I
don't see why we need a formal, statutory investment for this.

Giorgio F. Arcodia

On 20 Nov 2017 22:04, "Martin Haspelmath" <haspelmath at shh.mpg.de> wrote:

> On 20.11.17 19:02, Kristine Hildebrandt wrote:
> I do urge ALT members *not* to simply assume that this Association (or
> any other) gets to 'opt out' of this issue, so I would welcome some
> discussion on this towards crafting revised language, either online or
> during a special session, language that *can* eventually be adopted
> formally.
> Here's a proposal for a revised code of conduct (copied from the upcoming Australian
> Linguistic Society meeting
> <http://sydney.edu.au/arts/conference/als_2017/code.shtml>'s code of
> conduct):
> Conference participants will:
>    - treat fellow participants, students, volunteers, and any other
>    members of the public with respect, dignity, impartiality, courtesy and
>    sensitivity;
>    - maintain a cooperative and collaborative approach to inter-personal
>    relationships;
>    - respect the privacy of others;
>    - ensure that they do not become involved in or encourage
>    discrimination against or harassment of participants, students, volunteers,
>    or any other members of the public.
> For me, the main point is that there should be no threat to expel
> participants from the conference for what they say.
> The ALS's statement should go at least some way toward "setting the tone"
> against anti-scientific behaviour of the kind highlighted by Claire,
> without falling into the trap of being anti-scientific in a different way.
> Another thing that ALT could do is introduce mandatory "harrassment
> training" at the beginning of the conference – this is something that is
> completely unknown in Germany and other non-Anglo-American countries, but
> maybe it's something that the whole world needs – I'm certainly open to
> this possibility. It would be a slight annoyance for some people, but the
> main thing for me is that there would be no threat to expel a colleague
> from the conference.
> Best,
> Martin
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