left branching

left-branching

[left-bran-ching, -brahn-]
adjective Linguistics.
(of a grammatical construction) characterized by greater structural complexity in the position preceding the head, as the phrase my brother's friend's house; having most of the constituents on the left in a tree diagram (opposed to right-branching ).

Origin:
1960–65

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