[ 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).

Nearby words

  1. left ventricular ejection time,
  2. left ventricular failure,
  3. left ventricular opening,
  4. left wing,
  5. left-brained,
  6. left-eyed,
  7. left-eyed flounder,
  8. left-face,
  9. left-field,
  10. left-footed

Origin of left-branching

First recorded in 1960–65

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