About the LEP

The LEP is an editing process that uses the concepts of grammatical “form” and “function” to study and describe morphology, syntax, and orthography. Used in combination with MCINTOSHFORMS™, which uses regexes and particular grammatical forms (letters, words, phrases, or punctuation) to highlight grammatical constituents, grammatical forms, and grammatical functions within a 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.

With the use of the Find tool (a search dialog) in MS Word, the LEP helps you elevate your literary writing through greater awareness of grammatical functions and syntactic functions.

Awareness of grammatical functions and syntactic functions and the ability to correct potential grammatical errors will be achieved by the user’s knowledge and understanding of the concepts of grammatical “form” and “function.”

How the LEP works

The LEP is divided into two parts:

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

The first part of the LEP highlights a particular literary device known as the continuative appositive relative clause (ARC) for its use to exploit polyphony in narrative. Polyphony is a metaphor based on a musical term of the same name. When this device is applied in a narrative, the result is different points of view and voices in simultaneity. The concept was introduced by Mikhail Bakhtin, a literary critic, amongst other titles.

The second part of the LEP concerns itself with punctuation, phrases and words to which to pay special attention, parallelism, and formatting, all of which impact the shape and readability of a manuscript.

The LEP demonstrates that grammar influences diction, and as such utilizes the process-method of McIntoshLinguistics to help ensure your edit will result in the construction of a highly readable (close reading) and grammatically sound (effective writing) literary manuscript.

Objective of the LEP

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.

“Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation.”

– Toni Morrison

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