What I'm talking about is when a string of prepositional phrases take the object of the previous one as their antecedent, and where the entire string is linked back to the original antecedent, a noun or a verb or an adjective.
Linking back to an adjective:
John was happy about his acceptance as a member of the varsity team.
Linking back to a verb:
These tiny flowers transform into pulp-filled pods about the size of rugby balls.
Linking back to a noun:
I need a book about medical conditions in children from Zimbabwe.
The order of the phrases is fixed, it cannot change without breaking the sentence or producing a different meaning or nonsense. The chain functions as a single unit to modify the original antecedent.
This is very different from modifying phrases that form independent relations with a verb, noun or adjective. The order of these phrases can change without changing the meaning of the sentence (just an observation).
Linking back to a verb (independent adverbials):
I teach at a university in the morning during the summer months every other year.
Linking back to a noun (independent noun modifiers):
Max observed the painting on the wall at the museum in the main hall.
Linking back to an adjective (independent adjective modifiers):
He was distinguished in his field for his achievements with an award.
The order of the phrases is not fixed, it can change without changing the meaning of the sentence. Each phrase has an independent relation to original antecedent.
This seems like a very significant different in syntax and I haven't been able to find much that addresses this phenomena.
I apologize if my terminology is off - please feel free to offer corrections.
How is this feature of the language analyzed in linguistics?