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
Malicious obfuscation” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/malicious-obfuscation-alan-perlman
“Plagiarism: What it is and what it is not” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/plagiarism-what-alan-perlman
Review of Tom Wolfe’s The Kingdom of Speech
“Another groundless plagiarism charge” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/another-groundless-plagiarism-charge-alan-perlman
“The most overrated mind of the 20th century” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/most-overrated-mind-20th-century-alan-perlman
“How not to use PowerPoint”
Other articles at https://www.language-expert.net/pages/notes.html and http://www.experts.com/Articles/By/Dr.%20Alan%20Perlman
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.
- Gender-neutral “they”: Let it start here - Many languages. . .have no gendered pronouns. English needs a gender-neutral singular pronoun, and as Winston Churchill said about democracy as a form of government, “they” is the worst option, except for all the others. -Anne Fadiman, Harper’s, August 2020 Language changes, perhaps in response to social pressure or a communicative need... Read more »
- Political correctness — ubiquitous and relentless - “The truth is what most people believe. And they believe that which is repeated most often.” -Josef Goebbels “[The English language] becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts… if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” George... Read more »
- Language change — up close - “Language change is not a disease, any more than adolescence, or autumn are illnesses.” ― Jean Aitchison, Language Change: Progress or Decay? “It’s hard to see what the problem is. Language speakers and writers have always been inventive, and texting is just one further example of human creativity. As David Crystal has expressed it: ‘it..is the... Read more »
- Warning: political correctness is an attempt to control you - “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.” — Lewis Carroll “Offending and being offended are now... Read more »
- Can’t handle homonyms: the difference between a virus and a beer - Being inoffensive and being offended are now the twin addictions of our society. Martin Amis Corona beer? Coronavirus? What do they have to do with each other? Absolutely nothing. They’re homonyms – multiple meanings for the same sequence of sounds. The English language is full of them, but only a few cause trouble, by which... Read more »
- Pronouns and gender politics - Tens of thousands of years have elapsed since we shed our tails, but we are still communicating with a medium developed to meet the needs of arboreal man. . . We may smile at the linguistic illusions of primitive man, but may we forget that the verbal machinery on which we so readily rely, and... Read more »
- Overwhelmed by political BS - Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. Henry Adams, 1907 The politician is an acrobat. He keeps his balance by saying the opposite of what he does. Maurice Barres (1896-1923) Political BS, a noxious blend of mendacity, manipulation, and meaninglessnss, is all around us, as it has... Read more »
- On the retarded “retard” taboo - 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 »
- Apostrophe warrior lays down his sword - Athen’s Pizza (Sign on restaurant in Jaffrey, NH) Former copy editor John Richards has decided to surrender in his 20-year quest to promote correct (i.e., prescribed/codified) apostrophe usage. Richards and like-minded crusaders are enraged by (i) use of the apostrophe in plurals and (ii) in possessive it’s (which I’ve seen many times... Read more »
- Stop the pronoun craziness - This is a message that the p.c. crowd — in the media, in the universities – needs to hear again and again, because they don’t get it, especially when a Presidential candidate (Warren) announces “her” pronouns on the debate stage, and a teacher is fired for not using the student’s preferred pronouns. It is not... Read more »