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.
- Latest language abuse: “deprogramming Trump supporters” - To hear this even once is unsettling. To hear it from multiple talking heads is criminal and dehumanizing. It says that certain others, millions of them in fact, clinging to their Bibles and guns (Obama’s most memorable phrase, despite all the eloquent blathering he did), are not entitled to their views. This from people who... Read more »
- Latest language abuse: “deprogramming Trump supporters” - Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. — Nietzsche We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things; and once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him who would endeavor to erase them. — Goethe To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting. — Stanislaus I of Poland... Read more »
- American chaos: Did Trump incite? - Where the laws are not supreme, there demagogues spring up. — Aristotle, 4th c. BCE The people are capable of good judgment when they do not listen to demagogues. — Napoleon I (1814-5) Demagogy enters at the moment when, for want of a common denominator, the principle of equality degenerates into a principle of... Read more »
- Riots in DC: the power of conflicting narratives - On Jan. 27, 1838, Abraham Lincoln spoke before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, about “the perpetuation of our political institutions.” During that address, he said: “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot... Read more »
- P.c. atrocities roll on; linguists still silent - Amen. < Old English, from ecclesiastical Latin, from Greek amēn, from Hebrew ‘āmēn ‘truth, certainty’, used adverbially as expression of agreement, and adopted in the Septuagint as a solemn expression of belief or affirmation. [The version I learned in Hebrew School:] The Talmud teaches homiletically that the word amen is an acronym for אל מלך נאמן (ʾEl melekh... Read more »
- Christmas message: On the emptiness of vague “hope” - “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.” — Proverbs 13:12 “He that lives upon hope will die fasting” — Benjamin Franklin “The reason of idleness and crime is the deferring of our hopes.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson “There is nothing so well known as that we should not expect something for nothing – but we do... Read more »
- UNIFORMITY = DIVERSITY: Modern Newspeak hits Orwellian rock-bottom - “There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In... Read more »
- On titles, respect, and doctor-flaunting: who’s a “doctor”? - “Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title.” Thomas Paine I admit, they had me. I really thought that Jill Biden was an MD. It’s not implausible that such a high-level official as the VP would have a high-achieving wife. But then the truth came out, and I realized I’d fallen for... Read more »
- On slogans — especially the one that dominates our lives - “Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords” -Robert Louis Stevenson (NOTE: a catch-word is technically what we today would call a “pull-out quote”; I’m using it in a broader sense here, to refer to slogans, mottoes, taglines, and catch-words.) I keep quoting Stevenson because his observation... Read more »
- The welcome end of Presidential tweeting - “Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.” — Socrates “It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.” — Sophocles Those of us who have worked first-hand at speechwriting (my experience was corporate, not political) understand what goes into a CEO/senior management speech, how it is assembled, how it must... Read more »