Literary Editing Service
Providing a formalized approach to English literary editing
Who we are
McIntoshLinguistics is an educational services company 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:
- Understanding the concepts of grammatical "form" and "function"
- Using advanced wildcard searches of manuscripts developed in Microsoft (MS) Word
- Adhering to a process-method that addresses syntax and semantics, shape, and readability
What we do
McIntoshLinguistics facilitates a process and method that address 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 and grammatical method called MCINTOSHFORMS™. Within a Microsoft (MS) Word document, MCINTOSHFORMS™ uses 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.).
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.
The product and how it works
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.
The First Literary Work Edited Through McIntoshLinguistics
Ensure a highly readable (close reading) and grammatically sound (effective writing) literary manuscript using MCINTOSHFORMS™
What's In A Name, Garie McIntosh's published first novel, was developed and edited using MCINTOSHFORMS™.
What's In A Name is a fictional tale about a woman who was renamed by her dying mother at twelve years old. She accepted that name, but then she goes silent thereafter about the significance of her new name. Now an adult, a married woman, she finds herself in a battle to unsilence herself.”