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About Sarah Compton

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Languages at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and a certified American Sign Language interpreter (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf; Texas Board of Evaluation of Interpreters for the Deaf).
My research interests lie at the intersections of deaf education policy and multimodal-multilingualism. I am carrying out a discursive ethnography in a US school district on the east coast. Specifically, I examine how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is implemented by educators and parents through the creation of individualized education plans for deaf and hard of hearing students from multilingual homes.
I am also a junior research fellow in the Peripheral Multilingualism Project funded by the Academy of Finland. "We investigate the ways in which multilingualism in Sámi, Irish, Corsican and Welsh indigenous and minority language contexts leads to language change. In particular, we are interested in the tensions and creativity that arise as a result of these complex and changing multilingual processes, practices and experiences." (Project website:

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Language Policy, Discourse Studies, Multimodal-Multilingualism, Nexus Analysis, and Sign Language Interpreting

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Honors and Awards

  • Langnet Fellow


  • Introduction to Multilingualism
  • Family Language Policy
  • Language, Technology and Society

Contact Information

Sarah Compton
Department of Languages
P.O. Box 35
40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland


Multilingualism (3)

Language Policy (3)

MA Thesis (1)