The Tree of Meaning: Language, Mind and Ecology (Paperback)

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The Tree of Meaning: Language, Mind and Ecology (Paperback)

By Robert Bringhurst, Jim Harrison (Introduction by)


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“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.”

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"Poems, where I come from," writes Robert Bringhurst, "are spoken to be written and written to be spoken. The Tree of Meaning is a book of critical prose composed in the same way." Together, these thirteen lectures present a superbly grounded approach to the study of language, focusing on storytelling, mythology, comparative literature, humanity, and the breadth of oral culture. Bringhurst's commitment to what he calls "ecological linguistics" emerges in his studies of Native American art and storytelling, his understanding of poetry, and his championing of a more truly universal conception of what constitutes literature.

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.
Robert Bringhurst is a renowned Canadian author, poet, and typographer. He is the author of the bestselling The Elements of Typographic Style, as well as numerous works of prose and poetry. He is also an accomplished translator and linguist and has translated works from Haida, Navajo, classical Greek, and Arabic.
Product Details ISBN: 9781582435053
ISBN-10: 1582435057
Publisher: Counterpoint
Publication Date: July 1st, 2009
Pages: 352
Language: English