MCINTOSHFORMS™ uses regexes or particular grammatical forms (letters, words, phrases, or punctuation) to highlight grammatical constituents or grammatical functions. These regexes have been formulated for use via the advanced (Wildcards) search field in Microsoft (MS) Word.
A regex is entered into the advanced search dialog, the Find tool, in MS Word to highlight a grammatical constituent, a grammatical form, or a grammatical function within the document. By focusing on and/or isolating the structure of words and sentences and orthography, you can identify and/or remove any potential errors or ambiguity. 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.
Each search result is intended to bring your attention to a systematic pattern of items (paradigms) in particular syntactic roles and to words or phrases (syntagms) in a sequential relationship to one another. This method for identifying syntactic functions (the grammatical relationship of one constituent to another) and thereby correcting any potential grammatical errors will be achieved by the user’s knowledge and understanding of the concepts of grammatical “form” and “function.”
MCINTOSHFORMS™ echoes syntactic theories such as relational grammar.
To use MCINTOSHFORMS™, the user’s knowledge and understanding of the following concepts are essential:
- Grammatical form = parts of speech (“what a word, phrase, or clause looks like”)
- Grammatical function = role (“what a word, phrase, or clause does”)
- Syntactic function = grammatical relationship (the position/arrangement of the words)
- Syntactic role = grammatical relation