The King's English: A Guide to Modern Usage by Kingsley Amis

By Kingsley Amis

A Parthian shot from probably the most very important figures in post-war British fiction, The King's English is the overdue Kingsley Amis's final note at the nation of the language. extra frolicsome than Fowler's sleek utilization, lighter than the Oxford English Dictionary, and brimming with the robust critiques and razor-sharp wit that made Amis so popular—and so controversial—The King's English is a needs to for lovers and language purists.

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However it is more deeply ingrained and focal because of the constant corrective feedback received by the child (1981: 67-70). He cites < previous page page_27 next page > < previous page page_28 next page > Page 28 examples of even very small children adjusting their behaviour to the cues of others, in other words demonstrating a form of empathetic awareness in recognising the otherness of others (1981: 71-2). Sutherland, in her overview of the problems of empathy in education, points up the recognition of the limits of empathetic understanding, familiar in such cases as the inappropriate birthday or Christmas present (1986: 149).

In reviewing studies of correlations between different kinds of experience and moral developmentfor example, discussion of controversial problems, the assumption of new responsibilities for taking care of others, 'broadening experiences' like travel, art, reading, or meeting new < previous page page_19 next page > < previous page page_20 next page > Page 20 people who have a drastically different perspectivehe concludes that there is much speculation and little longitudinal evidence. It is however at least noteworthy that travel and confrontation with different perspectives are considered potentially useful.

She suggests that this should be done through conscious comparison. Baumgratz-Gangl goes on to suggest that, when learners have integrated new meanings into their consciousness through comparative methods, there follows a neutralisation of negative emotions through recognition of cognitive dissonance. This corresponds to the reduction of aggression in interpersonal relationships as learners recognise the justification of another viewpoint and consciously draw back from their own as an absolute.

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