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.
Origin of phonotactics
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(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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