What this site is about
So what is this site about?
The following two quotes capture the creative and transformative ideals to which we aspire and of which we aim to make this website a reflection:
"Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generations." —Edward Sapir, Language (1921)
"Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation." —Toni Morrison
You need not have been scared of anything, but if you've ever been challenged by English or how it works (its linguistic aspect), this website may be of interest. It may intrigue you; it may even inspire you. The content is intended to offer a qualitative experience from a creative, linguistic and grammatical point of view. That being said, it's a good idea to remember that there are many theories in English and many ways to parse a sentence. Yet these features of the language sustain the fundamental and incontrovertible fact that it is not only fascinating but also powerful as a tool of communication.
You may be a reader interested in another point of view. You may be a storyteller, a communicator or a writer. You may just want to read a good story about the human condition, the country of Jamaica or the power of secrets—all of which you can find out about in What's in a Name, the first novel by Garie McIntosh.
But you could also be interested in learning about some of the most vital or integral operatives (words, phrases, clauses and punctuation) involved in constructing a highly readable (close reading) and grammatically sound (effective writing) literary manuscript.
For this reason, our work and any academic material presented on this website will have been born out of tireless work and effort to make them understandable, applicable and educational. Mind you, the wealth of this material will begin to roll out after June 2021.
As an author, grammar enthusiast and entrepreneur, Garie makes the elements and tools of his own success available through the educational and grammatical linguistic material that he produces in academic modules and facilitates through McIntoshLinguistics, his editing-service business.
McIntoshLinguistics provides an educational and grammatical editing service through a process-method that addresses a system we have created and called SSORE: The Syntax and Semantics, Orthography, and Readability Elements of Writing & Editing, or The SSORE of Writing & Editing).
Garie is currently completing two additional novels that along with his first, What’s in a Name, will form a thematic trilogy.
Garie takes a linguistic approach to his writing to enable himself not only to write literarily but to edit grammatically.
He believes that by sharing what he has learned or by inspiring others through his own commitment to and passion for what he believes is his life's purpose, he will create the life that he has always wanted: one that reflects wisdom, knowledge and understanding. For they all humble him enough to always remember that while we may say we know a lot, we should never claim that we know enough. The objective is to keep learning.
One of the founding principles of this website is that storytelling is communication, to which the phrase storytelling communication or storytelling communicator refers. We use them as a kind of grammatical metaphor.
Taking that a step further, the website aims to give visitors a real sense of the inexorable progress that one can make professionally when he/she takes a linguistic approach to English grammar or communication. Therefore, English linguistics is a prominent discipline here, where the goal is to present educational material that will enable you to use English to optimize both your writing and your editing.
Subject matters presented in modules are an element of SSORE, which informs the scope of this website and Garie's editing work.
Two important elements of SSORE are verbal modifiers (morphology) and nominalization. They are part and parcel of the linguistic concepts of grammatical form and grammatical function. The awareness and understanding of both these elements and concepts are key to any grammatical editing process. For example, nominalization provides grammatical metaphor, while verbals give life to our sentences.
Similar to functional grammar, SSORE helps you put together English language patterns (structure/form) and shows you what to do with them (function) so that the communication is clear and/or so that you can achieve a diplomatic, polemic or trenchant effect.
Also, the process and method used throughout this website ascribes to functional lexical-functional grammar, a model of grammar whose framework allows you to see that "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.
The famous Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
And RuPaul also said, "In this life, if you can stay flexible, you have a really good chance of navigating a really rich experience for yourself on this planet."
So flexibility and giving are our philosophies. They are also the reason behind the editing work we do and the linguistic material we produce.
The following two quotes inform the approach taken towards the development of this website:
"When we are talking about language and linguistics, we are talking about [how] it [language] is used, not language as some people use it—that's literature." —Dr. Edwards, King's College London
"Linguistics is about how language works, so some people may know a whole lot about one particular language and that’s it." —Linguistics in Arrival: Heptapods, Whiteboards, and Nonlinear Time
However, we believe that understanding language on a whole and English linguistics itself are both prerequisites to using English literarily, whether you are writing or editing.
We aim to make the academic modules of this website as accurate as possible. This is achieved by making references at times.