This recalled Annihilation, the book not the movie which left out this key aspect.
By nature-language I refer not so much to language about nature as to language that appears to insinuate itself into nature and vice versa through a bewildering multitude of projections and reference points.
SF trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer. The movie Annihilation was based on the first volume, but didn't really do it justice.
May 14th, 2023 Have been doing a reread because I happened to get ahold of the single-volume version of this in a local free little library...seems appropriate somehow. Just finished Authority, the 2nd volume, which like the first is utterly obscure about what is happening, its an apocalypse of some utterly unknowable variety.
In the first volume, a team of nameless researcher-exploerers enter Area X and succumb to whatever is happening there. In this one, the action is in a government agency trying to study the area from the outside, and who organizes the expeditions. But Area X has more agency than the agency and infiltrates them and the world in general. The protagonist is (somewhat ridicuolously) referred to as "Control", a sad joke because he has no control and what little authority he has is undermined from all sides.