An educational and grammatical 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.

What we at McIntoshLinguistics believe

  • Understanding, and being knowledgeable about, grammar and the linguistic aspect of English maximize a writer's ability to influence diction.
  • Once you understand the linguistic concepts of grammatical form and grammatical function, and syntactic functions you can harness these powerful tools for trenchant editing.
  • Through our process-method, we can help you ensure a highly readable (close reading) and grammatically sound (effective writing) literary manuscript.

What we do

McIntoshLinguistics is an educational and grammatical editing-service business that aims to formalize an approach to English literary editing through a process-method. McIntoshLinguistics was created by Garie McIntosh, who developed a grammatical editing method and a grammatical editing process as a result of his English linguistics studies to become a writer.

Over at ThoughtCo. according a definition and discussion of lexical-functional grammar by Mary Dalrymple, "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. Through our educational editing process-method, you can isolate these structures in your literary manuscript after the writing process to analyze/review them. This process-method echoes lexical-functional grammar, or psychologically realistic grammar, which, according to Richard Nordquist "provides a framework for examining both morphological structures and syntactic structures."

Similar to functional grammar, our process-method 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.

Our process-method involves:

  1. Understanding the linguistic concepts of grammatical form and grammatical function
  2. Using advanced wildcard searches of manuscripts developed in Microsoft (MS) Word
  3. Adhering to a process-method that addresses syntax and semantics, orthography, and readability elements

How we do it

As mentioned above, McIntoshLinguistics facilitates its own process-method that we refer to as SSORE: syntax and semantics, orthography (punctuation and hyphenation) and readability elements such as the syntactic structure of coordination. This process-method is by its own definition the combination of a grammatical editing process called The Literary Editing Project (The LEP) and a grammatical editing method called MCINTOSHFORMS™. Using MS Word, we develop regular expressions (regexes, which are the MCINTOSHFORMS™) and use grammatical forms (letters, words, phrases, and orthography) to isolate morphological structures, syntactic structures and orthographic structures (i.e., hyphenation that forms compound words and punctuation that divides text into sentences, clauses, etc.).

Our aim

The aim of McIntoshLinguistics is to demonstrate the interrelationship between words and grammar according to the lexical-functional grammar model, whose framework examines both morphological structures and syntactic structures.


MCINTOSHFORMS™ have been formulated for use via the advanced (wildcards) search field in MS Word. A regex is entered into the Advanced Find dialog, via the Find tool, to isolate a morphological structure, a syntactic structure or an orthographic structure. You can then analyze/review a grammatical form, a grammatical function or a grammatical constituent to identify and/or remove any errors or ambiguities. The use of MCINTOSHFORMS™ helps you elevate your literary writing through greater awareness of grammatical form, grammatical function and syntactic function.