Peter Joseph Torres

Peter Joseph Torres
Miami University | MU · Department of English

Doctor of Philosophy

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5 Research Items
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Introduction
I am a sociolinguist whose research is informed by language policy and interactional sociolinguistics. I am currently working on the language of pain and medicine, employing both qualitative and quantitative approaches to dissect the linguistic representation of the opioid epidemic in governing policies, the media, and local doctor-patient interactions. www.PeterTorresPhD.com
Education
August 2016 - June 2018
University of California, Davis
Field of study
  • Linguistics
August 2016 - June 2022
University of California, Davis
Field of study
  • Linguistics
August 2013 - June 2015
University of California, Los Angeles
Field of study
  • Linguistics and Anthropology

Publications

Publications (5)
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The escalation of the opioid epidemic in the United States has sparked sweeping legislation meant to regulate physicians' opioid prescribing practices. The demands of such policies force physicians to initiate discussions that could jeopardize the collaborative doctor–patient relationships necessary for curbing inappropriate opioid prescriptions. D...
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The present study uses corpus-assisted discourse analysis to examine the role of modality in policy verb phrases, using California opioid policies as a case study. By tracking the behavior of permissive and restrictive modals across time, this study highlights two potential discourse functions of modals in policy drafting: (i) to reflect the gravit...
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Patient-clinician interactions are central to technical and interpersonal processes of medical care. Video recordings of these interactions provide a rich source of data and a stable record that allows for repeated viewing and analysis. Collecting video recordings requires navigating ethical and feasibility constraints; further, realizing the poten...
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In recent years, the opioid crisis in the United States has sparked significant discussion on doctor–patient interactions concerning chronic pain treatments, but little to no attention has been given to investigating the vocal aspects of patient talk. This exploratory sociolinguistic study intends to fill this knowledge gap by employing prosodic di...

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