Publications by Alan Perlman: Over a 40-year career, Dr. Perlman has produced a wide variety of publications, reflecting his broad experience as a teacher, scholar, ghostwriter, author, and forensic linguist.
Publications by Alan Perlman: academic
Review of William Labov, “The Social Stratification of English in New York City,” Chicago Journal of Linguistics, Vol. 2, #1.
“Lexical and Derived Diphthongs in American English,” Linguistic Society of America Meeting Handbook (abstract), 1967.
“This as a Third Article in American English,” American Speech, Vol. XLIV, #1, Feb. 1969, pp. 76-80.
“Particles, Topicalization, and Defocusing in Hawaiian English,” in From Meaning to Sound: Papers from the 1974 Mid-America Linguistics Conference (ed. Hassan Sharifi), Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska, 1975, pp. 147-62.
“Observations on Creolization and Decreolization: The Case of Hawaiian English DaKine,” in 1975 Mid-America Linguistics Conference Papers (ed. Frances Ingemann), Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Department of Linguistics, 1976, pp. 371-87.
(with Anna Lopez) “Indecisiveness and Elaboration in Women’s Speech,” in University of Michigan Papers in Linguistics (ed. Bailey, Hill, and Lockwood), vol. 2, #2, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Department of Linguistics, 1976, pp. 58-63.
“Samuel Greene: First Transformationalist?”
1) abstract, Linguistic Society of America Meeting Handbook, 1975.
2) The Informant, Vol. IX, #1, Fall 1976, Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University Department of Linguistics.
3) Historiographia Linguistica, Vol. III, pp. 293-314.
“Neuter Pronoun Variation in Hawaiian English,” in Papers from the Twelfth Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (ed. Mufwene, Walker and Steever), Chicago: University of Chicago Department of Linguistics, 1976, pp. 516-522.
“-aholicism,” Verbatim: The Language Quarterly, Vol. III, #4, February, 1977, p. 14.
“Desperatives,” in Proceedings of the 1976 Mid-America Linguistics Conference, (ed. Robert L. Brown et al.), 1977, pp. 267-72.
“The Vernacular Writing Hypothesis,” in Papers from the 1977 Mid-America Linguistics Conference (ed. Lance and Guistead), Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri, pp. 481-90.
“The Role of Grammar in the Teaching of Writing,” Kentucky English Bulletin, Fall, 1978.
(With Daniel Greenblatt) “Noam Chomsky Meets Miles Davis: Some Observations on Jazz Improvisation and Language Structure,” in The Sign in Music and Literature (ed. Wendy Steiner), Austin: University of Texas, 1980.
Publications by Alan Perlman: professional
“Some Linguistic Components of Tone,” Technical Communication, Vol. 28, #2, Second Quarter, 1981.
In Speechwriter’s Newsletter:
“Speaking Prose” (2/4/83);
“Syntax for Speechwriters” (4/8/83);
“Cliche Redux” (7/1/83);
“I Got Rhythm” (8/26/83);
“Writing for the Tongue” (8/31/84);
“Ready-Made Speeches: A Blast from the Past” (11/2/84); Review of The Chronicles of Doodah (1/21/86);
“A Speechwriter’s Life Is More Complicated” (1/23/87); “The Ethics of Quotation” (8/5/88);
“A Few Good Metaphors” (4/16/93).
“Deciphering Your Speaker’s Style (9/15 and 10/1/97).
“Your Speeches Don’t Have to Bore Audiences,” Crain’s Detroit Business, 5/8/89.
“Politically Correct Language: Is It a Well-Meaning Idea Carried Too Far?,” Ragan Report Forum, 3/26/94; Speechwriters Newsletter Forum, 5/20/94.
“Speechwriters of the World, You’re Needed!”, The Toastmaster, August, 1994.
“How to Make Your Speeches Cogent and Memorable,” The Toastmaster, April, 1996.
“Why We Love to Hate P.C.,” The Toastmaster, June, 1996.
“Ready-Made Speeches: A Blast from the Past,” The Toastmaster, March, 1997.
“Not Another Boring Speech, Please!,” The Toastmaster, Dec. 1997.
“Finding the Lightning: Words as Labels,” The Toastmaster, Jan. 1998.
“Your Purpose, Your Audience, and Your Speech: Deciding What to Say,” The Toastmaster, May, 1998.
Publications by Alan Perlman: Internet
“Plagiarism: What it is and what it is not” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/plagiarism-what-alan-perlman
Articles for OpportunityNow, a San Jose-based online resource for entrepreneurs:
The vapidity of the “dog-whistle” charge (link)
- National linguist and political commentator rejects wild woke claims against D3’s Irene Smith (link)
- The (barely) hidden agenda of racial-equity glossaries (link)
- Language expert calls out Orwellian roots of new “equity” definition (link)
- Language expert rips City’s proposed “equity” definition as dangerous gibberish (link)
- Nationally-respected linguist unpacks the bizarre thinking behind the local Dem censure of Larry Stone (link)
Publications by Alan Perlman: BOOKS
Write Choices: New Options for Effective Communication, Charles C Thomas, 1989.
“It Gives Me Great Pleasure…” — A Guide to Writing Ceremonial Speeches, Ragan Communications, 1992.
Writing Great Speeches: Professional Techniques You Can Use, Allyn & Bacon, 1997.
PERFECT PHRASES FOR EXECUTIVE PRESENTATIONS: Hundreds Of Ready-To-Use Phrases To Use To Communicate Your Strategy and Vision When The Stakes Are High, McGraw-Hill, 2006.
- “Dog whistle”: what does it mean and why do they use it? - In politics, a dog whistle is the use of coded or suggestive language in political messaging to garner support from a particular group without provoking opposition. The concept is named for ultrasonic dog whistles, which are audible to dogs but not humans. -Wikipedia The dictionary site www.ludwig.guru defines by example: When political parties have... Read more »
- Racism is where you seek it - se•mi•ot•ics, noun, the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. Ordinarily I would not be much interested in the race for San Jose (CA) City Council. But Chris Escher of OpportunityNow, a San Jose-based website for entrepreneurs, sent me some campaign flyers and public reactions to them and asked for my... Read more »
- What is forensic linguistics? - …linguistics is virtually invisible to most people…Just as physicians are trained to see things in an X-ray that the average person with excellent vision cannot see, so linguists are trained to see and hear structures that are invisible to the lay person. Roger Shuy, xvii, Language Crimes A forensic linguist is sometimes a general practitioner... Read more »
- On “systemic racism” - The truth is what most people believe. And they believe that which is repeated most often Josef Goebbels Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. George Orwell Linguists have long been fascinated with the question of how language originated. Our... Read more »
- “You have the right to remain silent”: Obstacles to understanding the Miranda warning, Part II — Workaround - In an earlier post, I offered some reasons why the Miranda warning, an 89-word text recited in less than a minute, is so often misunderstood, with the result that defendants give up rights they didn’t know they had. A summary of the obstacles (many of which occur simultaneously): Contains several complexities in vocabulary, grammatical... Read more »
- Musk affirms painful truth about President Puppet - What orators lack in depth, they make up to you in length Montesquieu, 1767 Here comes the orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1735 Now that Elon Musk has dared to say what everyone, including Dr. Jill (who really wanted to be First Lady and... Read more »
- The (barely-) hidden agenda of racial equity glossaries - “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.” From Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking-Glass, and... Read more »
- Language control through perceived offense: how far can p.c. go? - But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. — George Orwell In these times of language abuse and language control – when a Supreme Court nominee cannot define “woman” (because she is so politically compromised) – I must once again note that manufactured offense knows no limits. There is no end to it,... Read more »
- What’s a “woman”? Supreme Court nominee creates watershed moment in left language lunacy - Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense. Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell It was one of those moments when history, perhaps time itself, stopped for... Read more »
- How the virus of political correctness spreads: none dare call it “looting” - When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ ’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master —... Read more »