30.10.2014

Sarah Compton

 

Research interest

My research interests lie at the intersections of language-in-education policy, ethnography, and multimodal-multilingualism.  In particular, I am interested in how signed and spoken languages are managed in homes, at school, and within society.
In my dissertation research, I am carrying out an ethnographic, discourse-analytic study in a US school district on the east coast that examines how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is implemented by educators and parents for deaf and hard of hearing students from multilingual homes. I am interested in understanding how decisions about the use of various language modalities influence the educational contexts in which students are placed.

 

Publications

 

  • Compton, S. E. (2014). American Sign Language as a heritage language. In T. G. Wiley, J. K. Peyton, D. Christian, S. C. K. Moore, & N. Liu (Eds.), Handbook of heritage, community, and Native American languages in the United States (pp. 272-286). New York: Routledge and Center for Applied Linguistics.
  • Compton, S.E. (2013). Implementing language policy for deaf students in a Texas school district. International Multilingual Research Journal, 7(2), 138-154.
  • Hult, F.M., & Compton, S.E. (2012). Deaf education policy as language policy: A comparative analysis of Sweden and the United States. Sign Language Studies, 12(4), 602-620.
  • Compton, S.E. (2011). Review of  ‘Language policy and planning for sign languages’ by T. Reagan. Language Policy, 10(3), 273-275.
  • Compton, S.E. (2010). Response to TESOL’s position statement on the linguistic rights of deaf students. TexTESOL II Newsletter, 29(2), 3-4.

 

Presentations

 

  • Compton, S. E. (March, 2014). American Sign Language as a heritage language: Pathways into sign language communities. Paper given at the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • Compton, S.E., & Seilola, I. (October 31, 2013). Invisible multimodal-multilingualism in homes, communities, and public domains: The case of Finnish Sign Language. Lecture given at the Invisible multilingualism: an open seminar on changing faces of multilingualism in the 21st century, Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • Compton, S.E. (June, 2013). Creating sign language-in-education plans for multilingual deaf students: Interpreted interactions. Paper presented at the AILA-Europe Junior Researcher Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Compton, S.E. (August, 2012). Negotiating sign language-in-education policies: Determining educational contexts for deaf students in the United States. Paper presented at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 19, Berlin, Germany.
  • Compton, S.E. (June 4, 2012). Agency in negotiating sign language-in-education policy in the United States: Parent participation. Paper presented at the Applied Linguistics Summer School, Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • Compton, S.E. (March 25, 2012). Language planning for deaf students in the United States: The role of parents in creating individualized language education plans. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Boston, MA.
  • Hult, F.M., & Compton, S.E. (June 16, 2011). Bilingualism or disability? Deaf education policy in the United States and Sweden. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Bilingualism 8, Oslo, Norway.
  • Compton, S.E. (April 15, 2011). Implementing language policy for deaf students: Gaps in the pipeline. Paper presented as part of an invited colloquium at the Texas Foreign Language Education Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Compton, S.E. (November 12, 2010). Deaf students and English Language Learners: Shared language learning experiences.  Texas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Compton, S.E. (March 7, 2010). Implementing language policy for deaf students through educational services in a Texas school district. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Compton, S.E. (February 26, 2010). Stakeholders’ experiences implementing language policy for deaf students in a Texas middle school. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Compton, S.E. (October 3, 2009). American Sign Language and English language learners who are deaf. Paper presented at the Texas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages II Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Compton, S.E., & Fragoso, L. (October 6, 2007). The impact of Video Relay Service on trilingual interpreting. Paper presented at the National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference, Washington, DC.