About McIntoshLinguistics: an Educational Editing Service

McIntoshLinguistics provides an educational literary editing service through a process-method that addresses what we like to refer to as SSORE.

What we at McIntoshLinguistics believe

  • Understanding, and being knowledgeable about, grammar and the linguistic aspect of English maximize a writer's ability to influence diction.
  • Once you understand syntactic functions and grammatical functions, and the theories and principles at play in sentences, you have a powerful editing tool.
  • We can help you ensure a highly readable (close reading) and grammatically sound (effective writing) literary manuscript.

The Process

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The Method

What we do at McIntoshLinguistics

McIntoshLinguistics is an educational editing-service business that aims to formalize an approach to English literary editing through a process-method. McIntoshLinguistics was created by Garie McIntosh, who developed an English grammatical method and process for editing as a result of his English linguistic studies to become a writer.

Over at Thoughtco.com according a definition and discussion of Lexical-Function Grammar by Mary Dalrymple, "… words form phrases, grammatical functions emerge from morphological and phrasal structure, and patterns of phrases evoke a complex meaning." This overall effect can be especially apparent in literary prose, where together the vocabulary and grammatical structures and the diction form a kind of storytelling-communication. Through our educational services, you can isolate these structures in your literary manuscript after the writing process to analyze/review them. This editing process is based on lexical-functional grammar, or psychologically realistic grammar.

The provision of our service will be achieved by the user's:

  1. Understanding the concepts of grammatical "form" and "function"
  2. Using advanced wildcard searches of manuscripts developed in Microsoft (MS) Word
  3. Adhering to a process-method that addresses syntax and semantics, shape, and readability

How we do the work at McIntoshLinguistics

McIntoshLinguistics facilitates a process-method we like to refer to as SSORE: syntax and semantics, orthography (punctuation and hyphenation), and readability elements such as coordination and subject-verb agreement via its own combined editing process called The Literary Editing Project (The LEP) and grammatical method called MCINTOSHFORMS™. Within a Microsoft (MS) Word document, MCINTOSHFORMS™ use regular expressions (regexes) and grammatical forms (letters, words, phrases, and orthography) to isolate morphological structures, syntactic structures, and orthographic structures (i.e., hyphenation that forms compound words and punctuation that divide text into sentences, clauses, etc.).

Our aim at McIntoshLinguistics

The aim of McIntoshLinguistics is to demonstrate the interrelationship between words and grammar according to the Lexical-Functional Grammar model, whose framework examines both morphological structures and syntactic structures.

How MCINTOSHFORMS™, a signature component of McIntoshLinguistics, work

The regexes have been formulated for use via the advanced (Wildcards) search field in MS Word. A regex is entered into the advanced search dialog, the Find tool, to isolate a morphological structure, a syntactic structure or an orthographic structure. The result will allow you to analyze/review a grammatical form, a grammatical function or a grammatical constituent. It can also help you identify and/or remove any errors or ambiguities. The process-method of McIntoshLinguistics helps ensure your edit will result in the construction of a highly readable (close reading) and grammatically sound (effective writing) literary manuscript.