Sentences with more than one の always cause me some difficulty. For instance,
has two の particles. If I analyse it from an English perspective, I'd respect the order, and so the first の connects 盾 and 勇者 whilst the second connects 盾の勇者 and 成り上がり. However, Japanese uses the particle system and, as far as I know, the order is non-important. In that sense, the previous conclusion doesn't apply.
Another way I could think of interpreting the sentence is to judge both connections and see which one makes more sense. In this case, possible connections are:
1st の: 盾 and 勇者
2nd の: 盾の勇者 and 成り上がり
2nd の:勇者 and 成り上がり
1st の:盾 and 勇者の成り上がり
I think case B doesn't make much sense here, and so I would group things as A.
This is essentially a practical example, but the sentence follows a more general structure,
What I'd like to know is the following:
I'm almost certain but I'd like to check that order is in fact irrelevant.
Is splitting the sentence into cases A and B, and then determining the most logical one, the correct way to analyse these kind of sentences?
If 2. applies, can there be a case in which both cases are equally possible? If so, how would one distinguish between the two?