FORENSIC LINGUISTICS: PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE, 1979-present
(examples [not including current cases]):
- – Expert opinion on status of compound words (trademark infringement litigation).
- – Expert opinion on plagiarism of song lyrics (copyright litigation involving musical group The Who).
- – Authorship analysis of e-mails in Florida internal union dispute.
- – Expert opinion on plagiarism of online home-study course.
- – Preliminary analysis of authorship issues in malpractice litigation.
- – Expert opinion on authorship issues in business partnership dispute involving anonymous writings.
- – Authorship analysis of anonymous letters of complaint to a corporation’s Board of Directors.
- – Expert opinion on the semantics of trademark infringement in litigation by an apparel firm.
- – Authorship analysis of anonymous letters (possibly written by disgruntled employees) for major – Midwestern corporation.
- – Authorship analysis of emails to website of a “cult deprogrammer.”
- – Expert opinion on linguistic similarities between plaintiff’s and defendant’s trademarks.
- – Authorship analysis of defamatory emails written to an individual in a corporation.
- – Authorship advice on a possibly forged stock transfer document.
- – Authorship analysis of letters involved in the Son of Sam case.
- – Analysis to support allegations of plagiarism of online course material.
- – Interpretation of contract language regarding the disposition of acquired corporate entities.
- – Interpretation of equipment rental contract language.
- Alan Perlman reviews Tom Wolfe’s “The Kindgom of Speech” - I just finished “The Kingdom of Speech,” by Tom Wolfe (2016, Little, Brown), author of “The Right Stuff” (about the first astronauts), “Bonfire of the Vanities” (a shot at NY’s elites), “A Man in Full,” (about the vulgar wealth of the New South), and many others I enjoyed immensely. Apart from his stylistic peculiarities, Wolfe... Read more »
- 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 »