Published Articles and Books

Alan defends the humanities in the Keene Sentinel” (12/10/2013)

“Some Linguistic Components of Tone,” Technical Communication, Second Quarter, 1981.

In Speechwriter’s Newsletter:

“Speaking Prose” (2/4/83)
“Syntax for Speechwriters” (4/8/83)
“Cliche Redux” (7/1/83)
“Readability” (10/7/83)
“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);
“On Doublespeak, Triplespeak, and the ‘Misuse’ of Language” (10/19/90)
“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.

“‘It Gives Me Great Pleasure..” How to Write Ceremonial Speeches,” The Toastmaster, May 1999.

“How to Use – Not Abuse – Buzzwords,” Journal of Employee Communication Management, Nov.-Dec. 2001.

“Malicious Obfuscaton” (Internet article) http://blog.gothamghostwriters.com/2012/02/guest-post-malicious-obfuscation-by.html

“Plagiarism: What it is and What it is Not (article on Linked-In) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/plagiarism-what-alan-perlman

Other articles at http://www.language-expert.net/pages/notes.html and http://www.experts.com/Articles/By/Dr.%20Alan%20Perlman

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.


 

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