The LEP: a Grammatical Process for Manuscripts

For constructing highly readable and semantically sound literary manuscripts

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About The LEP

The LEP is a grammatical process in the form of a descriptive grammatical and linguistic checklist, which was developed by McIntoshLinguistics, that is geared towards the grammatical development of literary manuscripts.

McIntoshLinguistics has taken MCINTOSHFORMS™ and The LEP and created a process-method that addresses what we like to refer to as SSORE: syntax and semantics, orthography and readability elements of writing and editing. MCINTOSHFORMS™ use grammatical forms (letters, words, phrases and orthography) and/or regular expressions (regexes) to isolate morphological structures, syntactic structures and orthographic structures within a Microsoft (MS) Word document.

These structures will enable you to examine/review grammatical constituents, grammatical forms and grammatical functions. This process-method helps you ensure your edit will result in the construction of a highly readable (close reading) and grammatically sound (effective writing) literary manuscript.

Below is a description of the elements of SSORE:

  1. Syntax & semantics: form and function, including clauses and function words, and morphology, including modifiers
  2. Orthography: hyphens, punctuation, and parentheticals marked by phrases and commas
  3. Readability elements: coordination and parallelism, contrast and opposition, and clarity, including subject-verb agreement, reported speech, and resolving ambiguities with indefinite pronouns

Separately or together with The LEP, the use of MCINTOSHFORMS™ helps you elevate your literary writing through greater awareness of grammatical functions and syntactic functions.


Awareness & knowledge to achieve high readability and sound grammaticality

The LEP in combination with MCINTOSHFORMS™ helps you analyze/review your literary manuscript through the lens of syntax and semantics, shape and readability. It identifies some of the most integral operatives (words, phrases, clauses and punctuation) involved in constructing a highly readable and semantically sound literary manuscript. While The LEP focuses on the editing process, it also reinforces the importance of the writer’s taking it upon himself or herself to study every nuance and aspect of English, should he or she want to be further empowered to tell stories that delve into the very psychology of its characters, milieu and narrative devices.

The LEP is divided into three parts:

  1. Syntax & Semantics: Form and Function, including Clauses and Function Words, and Morphology, including Modifiers
  2. Shape: Orthography, including Hyphens, Punctuation, and Parentheticals Marked by Phrases and Commas
  3. Readability: Coordination and Parallelism, Contrast and Opposition, and Clarity, including Subject-Verb Agreement, Reported Speech, and Resolving Ambiguities with Indefinite Pronouns
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