Monday, March 06, 2006

world tree (1)

Schleicher is commonly recognized as the first linguist to portray language development using the figure of a tree. He invented a system of language classification that resembled a botanical taxonomy, tracing groups of related languages and arranging them in a genealogical tree. By the time of the publication of his Deutsche Sprache (1860) he had begun to use trees to illustrate language descent.



(left: Odin in Yggdrasil, the World Tree)

3 comments:

David said...

Whoa. Where'd you find this?

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Jeremy said...

Mythography is starting to teach me to think in a certain way. I *must* find parallels, I *must* find significance. Paul Borda is a contemporary artists who interprets occult themes.