The Literary Editing Project (LEP)

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About the LEP

The LEP is an editing process by McIntoshLinguistics that uses the concepts of grammatical "form" and "function" to study and describe morphology, syntax, and orthography. Used in combination with a grammatical method called MCINTOSHFORMS™, which uses regexes and particular grammatical forms (letters, words, phrases, or punctuation) to highlight grammatical constituents, grammatical forms, and grammatical functions within a Microsoft (MS) Word document, the LEP helps ensure your edit will result in the construction of a highly readable (close reading) and grammatically sound (effective writing) literary manuscript. The LEP also helps you elevate your literary writing through greater awareness of grammatical functions and syntactic functions and the use of the Find tool (a search dialog) in MS Word.

Awareness & knowledge to achieve high readability and sound grammaticality

The LEP in combination with MCINTOSHFORMS™ looks at sentence syntax and semantics through the lens of grammatical form and grammatical function. The LEP identifies some of the most integral operatives (words, phrases, and clauses) involved in constructing a highly readable and semantically sound literary manuscript. The LEP focuses on the editing process, but 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 two parts:

  • Structure of Words and Sentences - focuses on modifying phrases (verbals), reduced relative clauses (morphology), and noun phrases (syntax)
  • Orthography - addresses the shape and readability (coordination, punctuation)
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