1956, in the meaning defined above
phonotactic (from phono- + -tactic) + -ics
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“Phonotactics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phonotactics. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.
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