Grammar: The Movie

Grammar geeks, grab your popcorn and download the new documentary “Grammar Revolution,” a film made by former teachers David and Elizabeth O’Brien, and funded with a Kickstarter campaign.

The short film is a quirky and sometimes funny exploration of language and grammar in society today, offering some thoughtful commentary on how we view grammar and why it is being taught less and less in schools. The cast includes some famous grammarians (if that is a thing) such as Harvard linguist Steven Pinker, author of “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century,” activist and linguist Noam Chomsky, Columbia professor John McWhorter, author of “Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English,” Mignon Fogarty, producer of the podcast “Grammar Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing,” and many more. There are also interviews with teachers, students, and business executives.

While there are tips on usage such as “who” and “whom” or what exactly a dangling participle looks like, the film offers more of a discussion about the social and politics aspects of language, who gets the jobs, who gets respect, and why grammar is an important subject with an important place in our daily lives. The idea of a grammar documentary may seem a bit stuffy at first glance, but it is surprisingly entertaining and well worth the $8 download.

Check out the trailer on the Grammar Revolution website. The site also features loads of tools for teaching and learning grammar.

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