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Peter Joseph Torres


  • Linguistics and Anthropology, BA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Linguistics, MA, University of California, Davis


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 Peter Torres is a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics 




As a Graduate Teaching Assistant: 

Linguistics 1 | Intro to Linguistics
Linguistics 3/105 | Language and Body 
Linguistics 160 | American Voices
Linguistics 165 | Applied Linguistics 
Linguistics 182 | Multilingualism 

As an Associate Instructor: 
Linguistics 1 | Intro to Linguistics




Publicity Director | 2019 
Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Summer Institute

Teaching Assistant Consultant (TAC) Fellow | 2019-present
Center for Educational Effectiveness 

Co-chair | 2019-2020  
Cluster on Language Research 

Chair/Facilitator | 2017-present
Linguistics Graduate Student Association



Peter has a bachelors degree in Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a masters degree in Linguistics from the University of California, Davis.




Peter is being advised by Professors Vaidehi Ramanathan and Robert Bayley. Currently, Peter is working with Prof Vaidehi Ramanathan and Dr. Stephen Henry, M.D., M.Sc. (UC Davis Medical Center) on issues surrounding the language of chronic pain and opioid addiction. Peter is also advised by Robert Bayley is sitting as Peter's co-advisor, while Georgia Zellou and Jack Hawkins round up the his qualifying committee. Peter's dissertation focuses on the language of opioid policies (Language Policy) and its enactment in local interactions (Interactional Sociolinguistics).  



Clinical Interactional Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Corpus-Based and Prosodic Discourse Analysis, Linguistic Anthropology, Language Variation, Sociophonetics

Other research interests: language change, language and gender, language and social media, ethnography of language, conversation analysis, embodiment, language preservation, Filipino


Selected Publications