right branching

right-branching

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

Origin:
1960–65

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