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What to do with an unifinished manuscript

Date Submitted: 29-May-2009
From: Elizabeth Wilson
Subject: What to do with an unifinished manuscript
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Notice: Hello,

My father was a linguistics professor (I mean no disrespect if I'm supposed to capitalize that) at Western Washington University. Before he passed away he was working on a research project that he felt would be a significant contribution, which was to be a textbook documenting the history of United States English. It has been sitting in my basement for the last 14 years because I don't know what to do with it. I don't know how to determine its value either monetarily or academically.

Would anyone be willing to help me find someone who has an interest in this subject and potentially using some or all of his research? I've looked at what he's written and don't even really know how to characterize it. There pages and pages of words, pronunciations, word origins, and references to Old Middle English, Late Middle English, and a few maps of Scandinavia, Britain and so on and so forth.

Thank you for your time,

Elizabeth Wilson