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My talk page as a wiki page (link for mobile beta)

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.)

Guild of Copy Editors[edit]

GOCE Blitz info GOCE Drive info
Instructions Instructions
Dos and Don'ts Dos and Don'ts
Useful tags Useful tags

March 2015 Drive[edit]

  • Asturian language
    • File size: 205 kB
    • Prose size (including all HTML code): 33 kB
    • References (including all HTML code): 2152 B
    • Wiki text: 54 kB
    • Prose size (text only): 18 kB (2928 words) "readable prose size"
    • References (text only): 134 B

Pages significantly copyedited[edit]

Latest on top. Also, lots more since my first edits, before I started listing them.
Use   <small>({{subst:#time:y.m.d}})</small>   to get (15.10.10)


(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]


  • In MobileBeta front end, clicking in TOC does not go to a subsection whose parent section is unexpanded on the page. (15.04.05)
  • mobile beta: warning icon ⚠, truncated, is triplicated at the top of a page where it appears (15.02.13)
  • Mobile beta: "Speech balloons" icon on user talk page misgenerates target page name and reports "no conversations" (14.11.15)

Silly pages[edit]

Well, I think so.