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Peter Joseph Torres

Education

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

About

www.PeterTheLinguist.com |  www.DavisDiscourse.com

Research

I am an applied sociolinguist and discourse analyst whose research centers on investigating written and spoken medical discourses, from public health policies to doctor-patient interactions. I draw on phonetic and corpus linguistic methodologies to complement and supplement the qualitative findings of discourse analysis with quantitative data, the synergy of which allows for a more in-depth understanding of discourse and its patterns. My dissertation, “The Nation’s Fix: The language of the opioid crisis,” seeks to address how the current opioid crisis is linguistically realized in the two most prominent settings in which the topic is discussed: in policies and medical interactions. I seek to uncover the language policymakers use in framing policies and how patients and physicians interpret, negotiate, and enact these policies in local medical interactions. 

 

Faculty

Co-advisors: Vaidehi Ramanathan and Robert Bayley
Dissertation Committee: Georgia Zellou
Qualifying Committee: Dr. Stephen HenryM.D., M.Sc. (UC Davis Medical Center) and Jack Hawkins 

 

Research Interests

Primary Interest

Applied sociolinguistics, language policy, corpus linguistics, sociophonetics, discourse analysis, and interactional sociolinguistics.

Corpus-based and prosodic discourse analytic approaches 

Other Interests

Linguistic anthropology, language variation, language socialization, language change, language and race, language and gender, language and social media, conversation analysis, Filipino

 

Teaching

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant: 

Linguistics 1 | Intro to Linguistics
Linguistics 3/105 | Language and Body 
Linguistics 5 | Global Englishes and Communication
Linguistics 160 | American Voices
Linguistics 165 | Applied Linguistics 
Linguistics 182 | Multilingualism 

As an Associate Instructor: 

Linguistics 1 | Intro to Linguistics
Education 198 | Seminar: Transfer Student Experience: Successful Transitions

 

Select Publication

  • Torres PJ, (Forthcoming). Modality and interpretive spaces in policies. In B.A. Diaz & R.W. Schrauf (Eds). Applying linguistics in health research, education, and policy: Bench to bedside and back again. De Gruyter Mouton. 

  • Torres PJ. (2021), The role of modals in policies: The US opioid crisis as a case study.Applied Corpus Linguistics.🔗Elsevier 🔗Kudos

  • Torres PJ, Henry SG., and Ramanathan V. (2020), Let's talk about pain and opioids: Low pitch and creak in medical consultations. Discourse Studies 22(2). 174–204. 🔗Sage 🔗Kudos  🔗PubMed

  • Henry SG, White AE, Magnan EM, Hood-Medland EA, Gosdin M, Kravitz RL, Torres PJ, & Gerwing J. (2020) Making the most of video-recorded clinical encounters: Optimizing impact and productivity through interdisciplinary teamwork. Patient Education and Counseling 103(10). 2178-2184. 🔗

 

Service

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

  • Success Coach | 2020-present
    Office of Educational Opportunity, and Enrichment Services 

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

  • Co-chair | 2019-2020  
    Cluster on Language Research 

  • Chair/Facilitator | 2016-2020
    Linguistics Graduate Student Association

 

Fellowship and Grants

 

Jan

2022

External: Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Elizabeth Dayton Award in Sociolinguistics 🔗, 🔗

 

Sep

2021

Internal: UC Davis Teaching Assistant Consultant Fellow–Professional Dev’t Facilitator ‘21-‘22🔗

 

Aug

2021

Internal: UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship 21-22

 

Dec

2020

External: LSA Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics (CEDL) Award 🔗

 

Dec

2020

External: Verilogue Racial Equity in Healthcare—Research for the Public Good Grant

 

Sep

2020

Internal: UC Davis Teaching Assistant Consultant Fellow–Digital Initiatives Lead ‘20-‘21🔗

 

Aug

2020

Internal: UC Davis College of Letters and Sciences Dean’s Summer Graduate Fellowship

 

Apr

2020

Internal: UC Davis Professors for the Future Fellow ‘20-‘21   🔗

 

Feb

2020

Internal: UC Davis Graduate Student Association—Travel Award

 

Dec

2019

Internal: UC Davis Graduate Studies—Graduate Student Travel Award

 

Sep

2019

Internal: UC Davis Teaching Assistant Consultant Fellow–Peer Facilitator ‘19-‘20 🔗

 

July

2018

Departmental: UC Davis Linguistics Steven Lapointe Award

 

Select Academic and Service Awards

 

May 

2020

Nominee, UC Davis Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award 2019-2020

 

Feb 

2020

Top 10 Finalist, 2020 UC Davis Gradslam (Final round canceled due to COVID) 🔗

 

July 

2019

Runner-up, LSA Linguistic Society of America Institute Three-Minute Thesis 🔗

 

May 

2018

Runner-up, UC Davis Symposium on Language Research-Most Innovative Research 🔗

 

Jun 

2015

Magna Cum Laude, UCLA Linguistics and Anthropology

 

Jun 

2015

UCLA Senior of the Year Award 🔗

  

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