phonotactics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
pho·​no·​tac·​tics | \ ˌfō-nə-ˈtak-tiks How to pronounce phonotactics (audio) \

Definition of phonotactics

: the area of phonology concerned with the analysis and description of the permitted sound sequences of a language

Other Words from phonotactics

phonotactic \ ˌfō-​nə-​ˈtak-​tik How to pronounce phonotactics (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of phonotactics

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phonotactics

phonotactic (from phono- + -tactic) + -ics

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“Phonotactics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phonotactics. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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