- From Anthony Palmeri's dissertation (Wayne State University, 1987), "Walter J. Ong's Perspectives on Rhetorical Theory."
- Some metarhetorical principles Palmeri derived from Ong's works, discussed on pages 166-179:
- "Rhetoric may be given meaning by relating it to larger cultural developments."
- "The rhetorician can better understand the history of rhetoric by looking for metarhetorics that have operated in the past."
- "Research should be synchronic and diachronic."
- "A theory of rhetoric is made more meaningful with knowledge of the dominant media in use.
- "The Ciceronian Principle: The rhetorician gains more understanding through an interdisciplinary approach to research."
- "Knowledge of Western rhetorical practices is given fuller meaning upon observation of practices in non-Western cultures."
- In response to claims that Cole and Scribner's The Psychology of Literacy refutes Ong's theories of orality and literacy, Palmeri notes that while the Vai of Liberia did learn a writing system, they did not learn an alphabetic one. He writes: "Thus Cole and Scribner are inherently supporting the Ong/Havelock view which says that the alphabetic writing system only can provide these cognitive changes" (182-83).