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.
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A branch of phonology that deals with the restrictions a language applies to combinations of phonemes.
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. [...]