Alan M. Perlman, an academically trained career linguist, is a forensic expert who offers clients exceptional quality, experience, and expertise.  He is one of a small number of linguistics experts who assist the legal professions.

Like other forensic linguists, Dr. Perlman applies the principles and methods of linguistics to the language of legal proceedings, disputes, and documents.  (See Areas of Expertise below.)

He has a PhD in linguistics and more than 20 years of experience as an expert in forensic linguistics and the systematic analysis of language it requires.  His expertise represents a unique combination: a deep theoretical understanding of the workings of language…together with extensive experience in the application of linguistic principles to the analysis of language samples in order to assist attorneys, other legal professionals, law enforcement personnel, and others in understanding the linguistic issues that bear upon particular cases.

Dr. Perlman is a highly competent forensic expert witness who produces expert witness reports, depositions, and testimony that conform to the Daubert criteria and are legally and logically rigorous, as well as easily intelligible to both laymen and legal professionals.


 

Recent Posts

  • Intro. to blog; Turnitin.com: Mindless Machine Requires Human Brain - An intro to the blog.  What is a linguist?  To a lot of people, it’s someone who knows multiple languages.  But to many other people, including most who call themselves “linguists,” it is somebody who is fascinated by language. That’s the first prerequisite.  That’s why George Carlin, with his exquisite ear for language, is a... Read more »
  • The forensic linguist and the Artful Dodger: Can people deliberately fake their writing style? - Perhaps 25% of the cases I handle involve the authorship of anonymous, disputed, or forged documents. The client wants to know who’s writing those nasty, threatening emails or letters. I typically ask the client for writing samples from the suspected author. Sometimes there’s more than one suspect, and I have to decide which of them... Read more »
  • Alan defends the humanities in the Keene Sentinel - Alan defends the humanities in the Keene Sentinel
  • On the Quasi-plagiarism of Rand Paul - All of a sudden, Plagiarism Rand Paul gets over 40 MILLION Google hits. But the charge is somewhat bogus. Plagiarism, in my experience, is one of those charges that is meant to question someone’s basic integrity. Whether true or not (and it’s hard to decide; see below), the mere accusation brings stigma. I have more... Read more »
  • Alan is quoted in the Chicago Tribune. - Alan is quoted in the Chicago Tribune.
  • Memo to National Pork Board Lawyers - By Alan M. Perlman. A geek site, as an April Fools prank, launches a new product — unicorn meat – which it calls “the new white meat,” and lawyers for the National Pork Board issue a cease-and-desist order, because they’ve gone to great lengths to copyright “the other white meat” as a synonym for “pork,”... Read more »
  • Malicious Obfuscation (Internet article) - Malicious Obfuscation (Internet article)
  • When a Lawyer Needs a Linguist… - By Alan M. Perlman. When does a lawyer need a linguist? As Roger Shuy, one of the most pre-eminent forensic linguists, has observed, the interpretation and application of the law are overwhelmingly about language. Thus, there are many situations in which the expertise of a linguist – someone trained in the precise description and analysis... Read more »
  • Alan is quoted in the Washington Post. - June 13, 2004, Sunday WASHINGTON POST A LINGUAL PARADIGM SHIFT By Amy Joyce Susannah Rast got a letter from her employer at the beginning of the year that said the company was “implementing a reduction in force to your position.”Not only did her boss not say she was being let go, but it was additionally... Read more »
  • The Language of “The Passion” - If we can set aside, just for a moment, our passions about “The Passion,” we can view it as a movie with some really good linguistic special effects. Below is the full text version of an article entitled “The Jesuit scholar who translated ‘The Passion'” (by Nathan Bierma, Special to the Tribune. Chicago Tribune, Mar... Read more »