Reference/Name/Origin of headedness constraint on modifying NPs in English

asked 2016-09-07 00:24:38 -0400

English has a constraint that prenominal noun-modifying phrases cannot be left-headed (right branching).

*a [from my mother]PP letter

a letter from my mother

Does anyone know who formulated this rule and can give the name of the constraint or a reference?

Thanks

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