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The life-blood of our work is the information that only our consultants have access to, namely, their native speaker intuitions and the training they have to make those intuitions most efficiently available to us. For example, our consultants must often use their linguistic training to make sense of a poorly asked question by an ignorant analyst and return information that is useful to our common purpose: the exploration, and in the best case, explanation, of empirical patterns in natural language. Thus it is a collaborative enterprise, and some documents are likely to result, particularly the anaphora sketch, that will be the result of that collaboration.

To become a consultant to the Afranaph project, you have to be a native speaker of a non-Colonial language of Africa and a trained linguist. Participation in our project is voluntary and non-contractual. We do pay our consultants for various levels of participation, but the reality of the situation is that we cannot pay what the work is worth. Besides the general benefit your participation will bring to the linguistic research community, we like to think we are providing our consultants with an opportunity that brings their efforts for the project, their language, and other work they have done, to the attention of a wider world community of linguists interested in a broad range of theoretical and (to a lesser extent) practical questions. If you are a young scholar and you  want to enter the world community of Africanist linguists, theoretical linguists and typologists, or both, it is not unrealistic to view your participation in our project as making a contribution that will be unique and significant. If you are already part of that community, then you know what your potential contribution is worth and we hope you will take this opportunity to share it with us. Although it is possible and anticipated that some linguists may choose not to reveal their identities in order to participate in the project, we find that most of our consultants do wish to be known, and some of these consultants may be asked to contribute to some of the other aspects of our case files, including the grammar sketch, collaborations with directors of the Afranaph Sister Projects, the translated tale (with morpheme breakdowns and glosses) the bibliography and so forth.

There are now a variety of Afranaph Sister Projects that consultants can participate in. Participation in any one project, specifically by filling out a questionnaire for it, does not require participation in any of the other projects, but we encourage our consultants to participate in as many projects as possible so that a broader picture of their language can emerge from the data that our project can put on view. If, after reviewing one or more of the questionnaires and checking out the remuneration possibilities you have decided to participate, then the next page to consult is the Consultant’s Page, where more detailed instructions for participation are available.

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Getting Started

If you decide you are interested in participating in our project as a consultant, we urge you to begin by deciding which questionnaire you would like to begin with. Naturally, consultants will tend to look first at the questionnaires for the projects that interest them, but just for comparison, we recommend that you look at more than one. Some questionnaires will make much greater demands on your time than others, and if you would like to begin by answering one of the less time-consuming ones, then consult the About Compensation page where the schedule of fees reflects our estimation of which projects are likely to be the most time-consuming. The AQ, for example, for which we offer the most compensation, is very long and detailed and so it is important to assess how much is expected before you make a commitment.

While linguistic training is required, the main effects of that training that is pertinent to filling out the AQ is that you need to be sensitive to matters of grammar in your language, you need to be able to provide a thoughtful morpheme breakdown and gloss (according to our Glossing Conventions), and that you have a sense of what a linguist might be interested in knowing. Although it is rare, some people have this latter sense with little training, but the AQ is not designed with naive native speakers in mind, and moreover, the level of commitment required is more typical of those who have a professional interest in matters of grammar.

When you have made these assessments, then please contact us by email (Contact Us) and let us know which project or projects you would like to answer questionnaires for. In your first message, please also tell us a bit about yourself, including a brief account of your linguistic training, the language(s) you speak natively, your affiliation, if you have one, and how we may most conveniently maintain contact with you. At some point, before we can use any data you send us, you must fill out the Consultant Information and Consent Form, which includes this information and more, and once you have filled it out once, you don’t have to fill out again for participation in any new sister project. We will then put you in touch with the investigators for the Afranaph Sister Project that the questionnaire is for (if you are not already in touch, or have come to us through them). Thereafter, most of your contact will be with project investigators for each of the sister projects you are answering a questionnaire for.

As soon as it is agreed between us that you will become a consultant for Afranaph, please go to the Consultant’s Page, which provides necessary documents and includes a variety of instructions designed to simplify your experience and standardize, as much as possible, the procedures for presenting data to us.

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About compensation


Although we realize that most of our consultants participate in our project out of curiosity about their own language, in order to bring attention to their language as the object of theoretical study, to participate in linguistic inquiry generally, to expand their range of academic contacts, and so forth, and we hope to deliver on those aspirations, we also recognize that the work of our project is not a trivial commitment of time and effort and that it should be remunerated, however inadequately. So, although we know that what we ask of our native speaker linguist consultants is worth more than what we pay, we do pay something, and in order for us to predictably manage our budget and provide some predictability for all involved, we have devised a schedule of fees and some rules to live by.

AQ - $400 for completion of first draft of AQR. $200 more for two or more follow-ups.
TAQ - $100 for completion of first draft. $100 for completion of follow-up.
SSBQ - $200 for completion of first draft. $100 more for two or more follow-ups
CCQ - $350 for completion of first draft. $200 more for two or more follow-ups
NCQ - $100 for completion of first draft. $100 for completion of follow-up.
DPPQ - $200 for completion of first draft. $100 more for two or more follow-ups.

Completion and credit: The directors of the project(s) you are a consultant for must contact Afranaph Central (the Afranaph Project staff) to confirm that a questionnaire has been completed and then you will then receive email from Afranaph Central stating what your credit amount is according to the payment schedule in effect at the time of completion.

Cash Payment: When what we owe you is $200 or more, we will pay you on demand with a balance transfer and the balance transfer fee will not be subtracted from your payment. If you would like payment on demand for less than $200 credit for work done, the balance transfer fee will be subtracted from the payment. We do this to discourage balance transfers on low amounts because it is uneconomical for all concerned, but for Afranaph especially. Consultants who accept any payment by balance transfer will have to fill out a (short) consultant agreement detailing the rights and obligations of paid consultants, which is required by the lawyers at our parent institution, Rutgers University. 

The Laptop Option: A consultant who completed work worth $500 or more can choose not to be compensated, but instead can qualify for the use of a laptop computer that we will provide as a tool that they can use in future work for us. We will buy the best one this amount will permit (after we cover the considerable costs required to have it shipped) from the supplier that our university gets a discount from. We promise, at least through 2015, that those who waive the $500 compensation will have the option to receive this research tool (delivery included) to help them in their work for us. Consultants interested in the laptop option can qualify by completing the AQ with follow-up, or some combination of completion of other questionnaires. The laptop option, however, requires that follow up be completed for at least one of the questionnaires. For example, if a consultant earns $200 for completing follow-up for the NCQ and $300 for completing the DPPQ, that is enough payment, if waived, to qualify as a researcher who chooses to accept the laptop as a research tool for further work with Afranaph (although further work, e.g., other questionnaire responses, will then qualify for cash payment). If you need clarification of this policy, please contact us directly. 

We hope to be able to make additional payments for the preparation of documents (e.g., grammar sketches) but we have not worked out a system for this yet. When you have completed a document for any one of the sister projects and your document is ready for posting, you will be asked to provide a consultant profile (if you have not decided for your participation to be anonymous) which will appear on the case file page for your language.

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