Linguistics Meets Narcotics: Policymaking, Patients' Pain, and Physicians' Politeness

Event description

  • Academic events
  • Free
  • Health and wellness
  • Open to the public

This presentation by Peter Torres, an assistant professor in the ASU Department of English, delves into the complex ways that U.S. policymakers, physicians and patients employ language to address the opioid epidemic. Specifically, the talk explores how language is used by policymakers to emphasize the gravity of the crisis, by patients to articulate their pain experiences, and by physicians to implement restrictive policies. By examining these many ways language finds its way into the crisis, this talk seeks to make sense of our linguistic choices at a time of crisis.

The event is sponsored by the Linguistics and Applied Linguistics / TESOL Program in ASU's Department of English, and takes place in room 117 of Ross-Blakley Hall on the Tempe campus. All are welcome.

Additional information

Event contact

LaMonte Key

Wednesday, February 7, 2024


10:30 am11:30 am (MST)


Ross-Blakley Hall room 117