phonotactics

phonotactics

[foh-nuh-tak-tiks]
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:
1955–60; see phonotactic, -ics

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phonotactics (ˈfəʊnəʊˌtæktɪks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) linguistics the study of the possible arrangement of the sounds of a language in the words of that language
 
[C20: from phono- + -tactics, on the model of syntactic; see syntax]

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