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phonotactics

[foh-nuh-tak-tiks] /ˌfoʊ nəˈtæk tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb) Linguistics
1.
the patterns in which the phonemes of a language may combine to form sequences.
2.
the study and description of such patterns.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; see phonotactic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for phonotactics

phonotactics

/ˈfəʊnəʊˌtæktɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) (linguistics) the study of the possible arrangement of the sounds of a language in the words of that language
Word Origin
C20: from phono- + -tactics, on the model of syntactic; see syntax
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