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The symbols used in declarations are VAX C operators, subject to
the usual rules of precedence and associativity. These operators
are parentheses, brackets, and asterisks for "function
returning...", "array of...", and "pointer to...", respectively.
Parentheses and brackets associate left to right; asterisk
operators associate right to left. Parentheses and brackets have
the same precedence, which is higher than that of asterisks.
Parentheses are also used to change the associativity of the other
operators. For example:
char * ( *x() ) ;
* ( *x() )  is char
( *x() )  is (pointer to) char
*x() is (array of) (pointer to) char
x() is (pointer to) (array of) (pointer to)
x is (function returning) (pointer to)
(array of) (pointer to) char
In this sort of breakdown, lower precedence operators are removed
first. With two equal precedence operators, you remove the
rightmost if they are left-to-right operators, and the leftmost if
they are right-to-left operators. For example, "()" means "array
of functions returning...."