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1. Definition

Phonotactics are the patterns of co-occurrence and avoidance between phonological units in a syllable, word, or phrase.

2. Consonant co-occurrence in Arabic

Arabic has phonotactic restrictions between consonants within the verbal roots that have played an important role in the development of phonological theory. Greenberg (1950) wa…

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Stefan A. Frisch, “Phonotactics”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0260>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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