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Meaning of phonotactics

pho•no•tac•tics

Pronunciation: (fō"nu-tak'tiks), [key]
— n. (used with a sing. v.) Ling.
  1. the patterns in which the phonemes of a language may combine to form sequences.
  2. the study and description of such patterns.
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