The evidence Keller provides to refute these claims is astounding, "The blind child...has inherited the mind of seeing and hearing ancestors–a mind measured to five senses. Therefore, he must be influenced, even if it be unknown to himself by the light, color, and song which have been transmitted through the language he is taught, for the chambers of the mind are ready to receive that language."
While this may or may not be true, the implications of such a statement have a huge impact on rhetorical theory. Keller is hinting at a predestination of language, the idea that we naturally take in certain facets of language, and are thus colored by that language. In face, it almost sounds like Burke's discussion of terministic screens. Am I wrong in this assumption? Or are they both getting at the ways in which language reflects, selects, and deflects reality?