One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a language, sentence, etc.: characterized by dependants which successively precede their heads (and which, in a parse tree representing the connection between main and subordinate units, branch successively towards the left).
The fact of having dependants which successively precede their heads; the technique of organizing syntactic elements in this way.
1960s; earliest use found in Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), linguist, philosopher, and political activist. From left + branching.
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