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I'm Mark A. Mandel.

Professionally, I'm a linguist -- a language scientist -- recently retired from the Linguistic Data Consortium of the University of Pennsylvania. I've worked on Thai, Tagalog, Pashto, Tigrinya, Moroccan Berber, and Yoruba, and also on Bengali, Tamil, and Urdu. I wrote my dissertation on American Sign Language, and I've studied lots more languages to a greater or lesser degree. I frequent the LINGUIST List as well as the mailing lists of the American Dialect Society and the American Name Society.

Recreationally, I hang around on the Lois Bujold and Dragaera mailing lists (the latter for Steven Brust fans), among other places. I'm also an active filker. (copied from my Wikipedia talk page)