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Michael T. Motley, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
3748 Repton Way
Santa Rosa CA 95404
USA
phone: 530-304-6462
fax: 707-528-2946
Michael T. Motley, Ph.D. has over thirty-five years of experience in the fields of Communication & Psycholinguistics. Dr. Motley serves as an expert witness for opinions on the clarity, lack of clarity, and most likely interpretation of common messages such as warning labels, instructions, advertising, contracts, waivers, and so forth. He has served on over 30 cases; about 2/3 for plaintiff and 1/3 for defense.

Dr. Motley is a Professor Emeritus of Communication at the University of California at Davis. He has authored almost 200 books, articles, and research papers in communication and psycholinguistics. He has won eighteen excellence awards for his research and was recognized as among the "Top 1%" of communication scholars of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Communication Messages: Meaning, Ambiguity, Likely and Alternate Interpretations, Communicative Intention
  • Adequacy/Inadequacy of Messages: Product Warnings, Instructions, Waivers, Advertisements
  • Male / Female Misunderstandings: Sexual Consent/Resistance, Date Rape
Services Offered:
  • Expert testimony & Consultation
  • Opinion on Adequacy of Communication Messages
  • Opinion on Likely Consumer Interpretation of Warnings, Instructions, Advertising
  • Opinion on Likely Intrepretation of Sexual Resistance/Consent Messages and Behaviors
  • Social-scientific testing of expert opinion (his and others')
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5/29/2012 · Warnings & Labels
My first expert witness case involved a man who was injured using a chinup bar designed to fit within a door frame. The bar has rubber suction cups at each end, and its length is adjusted by twisting its two sections together or apart for a telescoping effect.

Michael T. Motley, PhD
In this volume, recognized scholars discuss ways they have applied communication research to court cases as an expert witness or consultant in such areas as jury selection, pretrial publicity, sexual consent, warning adequacy, hindsight bias, jury decision making, document authorship identification, graphics and simulations and several others. For attorneys, the volume may provide an introduction to ways that communication scholarship can inform their future cases.
Michael T. Motley, PhD
This book offers solutions for communication problems that erupt in our daily lives. By focusing on socially meaningful applied research in communication, this book offers a new direction for interpersonal communication studies. Featuring original studies that are practical and relevant, chapters provide readers with a balanced combination of rigorous research with pragmatic application.
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Dr. Timothy Habick, Ph.D
Reasoning, Inc.
Forensic Linguistics
1341 Gilbert Road
Meadowbrook PA 19046
USA
phone: 215-275-5388
Reasoning, Inc. provides expert testimony for DEFAMATION and other cases. Reasoning, Inc. is a group of doctoral-level linguists and logicans with superior understanding of all aspects of language. Our specialties include defamation and other language-intensive issues. We do linguistic and logical analyses of publications, newspapers, books, letters, interviews, advertisements, manuals, contracts--to identify meanings, inferences, innuendoes, bias, actual malice, damage to reputation, similarity to other documents, copyright infringement, plagiarism, breach of contract, authorship, and fraud.

As a specialist in educational testing, Dr. Habick provides expert testimony on educational practices related to fairness, bias, psychometrics, and flawed test questions or testing programs.

Dr. Habick provides Linguistic Analysis of news reports and other communications and in assessment of Violations of Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards.

Dr. Habick testified as an expert witness in linguistics in the U.S. District Court, Trenton, in The United States of America v. Tyshon Bey.

Dr. Habick performed linguistic analyses on defamation and trademark cases for Pisanelli-Bice, Las Vegas; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, Tampa; Haines & Associates, Philadelphia; and Seed Intellectual Property Law Group, Seattle.

Reasoning, Inc. also provided expert testimony on unfair testing, grading, and educational practices for Seals v. State of Mississippi et al.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Libel
  • Defamation
  • Slander
  • Trademarks
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Logical Analysis
  • Logically Flawed Argumentation
  • Plagiarism
  • Education
  • Educational Examinations
  • Bias and Fairness
  • Psychometrics
  • Authorship Identification
  • Interpretation of Contracts
  • Taped Conversations
Professional Affiliations
American Dialect Society (ADS)
International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL)
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Alan Perlman
President and CEO
127 Abel Rd
Rindge NH 03461
USA
phone: 603-899-3043
fax: 603-899-3043
Forensic Semantics: Analysis of and expert opinion on the meaning of words, phrases, clauses, paragraphs, etc., in legal, personal, and commercial communication (e.g., interpretation of contracts, wills, prenuptial agreements, laws and regulations; trademark/copyright infringement).

Forensic Stylistics: Analysis of the syntax, style, word choice, spelling, punctuation, rhetorical strategies, and other features of anonymous, disputed, or forged documents (including e-mails); expert opinion on plagiarism, authorship and/or characteristics of author.
10/21/2014 · Linguistics
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 may be the author of the anonymous document(s).

1/29/2014 · Linguistics
There are many different kinds, dozens of areas of emphasis. Ultimately one becomes one's own kind of linguist, depending on where one's interest and preferences lead.

12/26/2013 · Linguistics
A forensic linguist must be exquisitely sensitive to nuances of text. Where a synonym exists, the very choice of each word represents a decision on the part of the author. Superimposed upon that is the way the word is spelled, abbreviated or capitalized. Truly, a text is a tangle of choices.

All of a sudden, it seems, the search term Plagiarism Rand Paul gets over 40 MILLION Google hits. But the charge is somewhat bogus.

6/21/2013 · Linguistics
I advertise myself (accurately) as a "linguistics expert" so I sometimes get questions about language usage.

9/30/2011 · Linguistics
It's not often that forensic linguistics makes the news. It's not nearly as sexy or yucky as the forensics that originates in the pathologist's lab or at the murder site.

8/9/2011 · Linguistics
"Maybe you already have some or all of the content of your speech, in the form of 'topics I want to discuss' or 'points I want to make.'

6/17/2011 · Languages
'Perfect phrases' is quite an ambitious claim. How perfect are the phrases in this book?

6/17/2009 · Linguistics
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

Alan M. Perlman, PhD
Any successful leader will tell you: Giving a strong presentation is the most immediate and powerful way to set goals, form strategies, and sell your vision-to both internal and external audiences. This book not only tells you how to plan and deliver your address, but also provides phrases for every part of the speech or presentation. Organized by speech type and audience, you'll be walked through the beginning, middle, and end of a speech, giving you effective phrases to use.
Alan M. Perlman, PhD
Endorsed by the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International -- this book is written by an expert speechwriter whose eloquent voice leads readers through the difficult process of writing a great speech.
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Herbert Joe, MA, MS, JD, LLM, BCFE, CFC, DABLEE, FACFE
Managing Partner
P.O. Box 702287
Dallas TX 75370
USA
phone: 800-650-TAPE (8273) / 214-505-TAPE (8273)
fax: 773-829-TAPE (8273)
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Herbert Joe, MA, MS, JD, LLM, BCFE, DABFE, DABLEE, FACFE, has five degrees, including three science degrees and two law degrees, and is a Board Certified Forensic Audio / Video Examiner. He has 29 years of experience providing Forensic Audio / Video litigation support.

Mr. Joe and his partner have been retained in thousands of criminal, civil, and administrative cases involving thousands of recording throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, India Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates. Representative clients include both sides of the bar in state and Federal courts. High profile cases include the Branch Davidian case, State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman; the Associated Press (Osama bin Laden); consultations with Dr. Phil (Manti Teo), CSI:Miami, TMZ (Michael Jackson), the WSJ, and People Magazine (Mel Gibson).

Yonovitz & Joe Areas of Expertise:
  • Forensic Audio / Video Authenticity
  • Forensic Voice / Speaker ID
  • Digital Audio or Video Enhancement
  • Text / Video Transcription & Verification
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Forensic Audiology
  • Linguistics
  • Phonetics
  • Acoustics
  • Noise / Sound Analysis
  • Electronic Signature Analysis
  • Alcohol, Drug or Stress Effects on Speech
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