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phonotactics

[ foh-nuh-tak-tiks ]
/ ˌfoʊ nəˈtæk tɪks /
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noun (used with a singular verb)Linguistics.
the patterns in which the phonemes of a language may combine to form sequences.
the study and description of such patterns.
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Origin of phonotactics

First recorded in 1955–60; see origin at phonotactic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for phonotactics

phonotactics
/ (ˈfəʊnəʊˌtæktɪks) /

noun
(functioning as singular) linguistics the study of the possible arrangement of the sounds of a language in the words of that language

Word Origin for phonotactics

C20: from phono- + -tactics, on the model of syntactic; see syntax
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