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I'm Mark A. Mandel, until November 2013 a researcher at the Linguistic Data Consortium of the University of Pennsylvania, now retired. I sometimes style myself

Dr. Whom, Consulting Linguist, Grammarian, Orthoëpist, and Philological Busybody

I am still interested in languages, as well as folk music, filk music, science fiction, and other things. Including the family cat.

I wrote my dissertation on American Sign Language (Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley), and I've studied lots more languages to a greater or lesser degree. Languages I've worked with in recent years* include Thai, Tagalog, Pashto, Tigrinya, Moroccan Berber, Yoruba, Bengali, Tamil, and Urdu. I also developed and maintained the LDC's Language Resource Wiki.

* But do not speak or write; those are here. ⇒

(Or there ⇑ if you're reading this on the mobile site.)

Pages significantly copyedited[edit]

(Latest on top. Also, lots more since my first edits, before I started listing them.)


(Again, latest on top, and since I started listing them. Once I'm done, I move 'em from here to the appropriate ↑ ↓ other section of this page.)

Other significant edits[edit]

(same old...)

Bug reports[edit]


  • Mobile beta: "Speech balloons" icon on user talk page misgenerates target page name and reports "no conversations" (14.11.15)