The Tree of Meaning

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Author Robert Bringhurst
Language English
Pages 329
Size 22,3 × 14 cm
Publisher Gaspereau Press
ISBN 9781554470242
Binding Sewn paperback
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The Tree of Meaning is a collection of thirteen lectures on 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.

The book has several themes: the nature of language; the nature of meaning; the destruction of the earth as we have known it, occurring side by side with the evident persistence of poetry and meaning. Bringhurst presents a highly personalized and active study of Native American art and literature, world languages, philosophy and natural history, presenting process of translation, and on the relationship between beings and language.