Definition of phonotactics in English:

phonotactics

Syllabification: pho·no·tac·tics
Pronunciation: /ˌfōnōˈtaktiks
 
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noun

[treated as singular]
  • The study of the rules governing the possible phoneme sequences in a language.
    More example sentences
    • These figures reflect French syllable structure constraints (phonotactics) more closely than English, which does permit most consonants and even allows multiple consonants at the ends of syllables.
    • The answer is, I don't know, though I once listened to a lecture on the phonotactics of comic-book sounds in Finnish, and I have passed many a happy hour in foreign train stations reading the comics noises in diverse languages.
    • So there will be words that always always have schwa in them, just exactly where you'd predict based on the phonotactics.

Derivatives

phonotactic

adjective
More example sentences
  • A few of them look like they are generated randomly without regard to phonotactic constraints.
  • But in terms of syllable structure, the phonotactic constraints of French are winning out over English.
  • Consequently, we need to scrutinize next the role of prosody, as well as the role of the word, syllable, and phonotactic nature of children's speech.

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