In tree structure, nodes are situated in a hierarchy connected by branches. Nodes that are higher than another as well as connected by a branch are said to dominate those beneath them. (Carnie, 2006, p. 120)

Domination is differentiated according to the closeness of the dominating node to its daughter(s). In other words, the relation between daughter and mother nodes determines whether the domination is exhaustive or immediate.


Example from the Secwepemctsín Context where DP dominates all other nodes & NP dominates AP and NP (from Lai, 1998, p. 34)


Carnie, A. (2006). Syntax: A generative introduction. John Wiley & Sons.

Lai, I. S. (1998). The grammar and acquisition of Secwepemctsín independent pronouns. [Master’s thesis, The University of British Columbia].