The Tree of Meaning: Language, Mind and Ecology (Paperback)
“A fertile uncertainty worth more than all of the confident deliveries from homespun pundits broadcasting from overpowered pocket computers. Bringhurst makes the seemingly counterintuitive case that it is the inefficiencies of language that allow us to make any meaning with words. Meander with him through a forest of Native American languages to find a different structure of poetics often overlooked.”— From Staff Picks (carousel)
This collection features a sustained focus on Haida culture, the process of translation, and the relationship between beings and language. Compiling ten years of work, this book is remarkable not only for the cohesion of its author's own ideas, but for the synthesis of such wide–ranging perspectives and examples of cultures both human and nonhuman. Applying his trademark enthusiasm and ecologically conscious, humanitarian approach, Bringhurst produces a highly personalized and active study of Native American art and literature, world languages, philosophy, and natural history.