left-branching

[ left-bran-ching, -brahn- ]
/ ˈlɛftˌbræn tʃɪŋ, -ˌbrɑn- /

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).

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Origin of left-branching

First recorded in 1960–65
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