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right-branching

[ rahyt-bran-ching, -brahn- ]
/ ˈraɪtˌbræn tʃɪŋ, -ˌbrɑn- /
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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).

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Origin of right-branching

First recorded in 1960–65
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