Is it semantically correct to use "specifically with an emphasis on..." in the following sentence? Could there be confusion as to whether "emphasis" refers to "Rowling" or "I"?

Considering Rowling's description of Ilvermorny, specifically with an emphasis on indigenous tradition, I will use Robert James Muckle's research on indigenous people's of North America to see how Rowling...

  • Hi, welcome to ELL! Please note proofreading requests are off-topic here. Please tell why you think this usage may not be correct.
    – Eddie Kal
    Dec 20 '20 at 20:49

Yes, that phrase is grammatically valid, although it is a bit wordy and keyword. I might rephrase it by writing "specifically her emphasis on..." instead of "specifically with an emphasis on..." . I might also split it into multiple shorter sentences, but I wouldn't want to do this without seeing the full sentence, and preferably nthe full paragraph from which it comes.

By the way, that should be "indigenous peoples of North America" not "indigenous people's of North America" because this is a plural (more than one people) not a possessive or genitive (something belonging to or associated with a people {Example, "The people's rights"}). It is an increasingly commo9n error to use 's to form a plural, but it is still an error. 's is never used to forma plural, while it is the regulsr way to form a genitive. Perhaps eventually this will be accepted as standard English, but it hasn't been as yet.

  • And what if "emphasis" refers to "I", not "Rowling"? Will it still be correct?
    – BeatsMe
    Dec 21 '20 at 7:15
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    @BeatsMe No not at all. That would require significant rephraing of the sentence, and should probably abe a separate but linked question. Dec 21 '20 at 13:27

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