Phonotactics vs Phonotactic - What's the difference?

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As a noun phonotactics

is a branch of phonology that deals with the restrictions a language applies to combinations of phonemes.

As an adjective phonotactic is

pertaining to phonotactics.

phonotactics

Noun

(-)
  • A branch of phonology that deals with the restrictions a language applies to combinations of phonemes.
  • phonotactic

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Pertaining to phonotactics.
  • *
  • So, we all have intuitions about possible and impossible stress patterns in sen-
    tences. Moreover, we all have strong phonotactic'' intuitions – i.e. intuitions
    about what are possible and impossible sound sequences among native words
    in English. For instance, we'd probably all agree that ''blick'' is a possible, but
    non-occurring English word, whereas *''bnick
    by contrast is not a possible
    native English word (an asterisk in front of a word, phrase, or sentence indi-
    cates that it is ill-formed in some way): such a word could only occur in
    English as a foreign borrowing. [...]

    Derived terms

    * phonotactically