The case of Helen Keller[edit | edit source]
When 19 months old, Helen Keller became blind and deaf, and eventually dumb, so helplessly and hopelessly handicapped especially from the communication point of view. Nevertheless, Anne Sullivan began to teach almost 7-year old Helen Keller how to communicate by spelling words, one letter after another, into Helen’s little palm. After a month of frustration, Helen Keller thrillingly learned to have namely WATER the idea in mind such that coupled w-a-t-e-r the spelling on the one hand with water the object on the other. This was her, and perhaps is our, beginning of learning! And this must demonstrate the advantage of the triadic over dyadic nature of learning as well as speaking and hearing.
- See "the beginning of wisdom" Ogden and Richards mentioned in favor of interpretation.