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Phonotactics and Sandhi
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Slavic phonotactics is determined by two types of context: firstly, it observes the distributional restrictions attendant on the syllable model (these are discussed in the entry on syllable structure); secondly, it is determined by  restrictions linked to the immediate segmental environment. The latter is connected with assimilation and lenition processes, which are largely statistical in nature. This means that some of them, although common, are not obligatory. Voicing and devoicing of obs…

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Sawicka, Irena, “Phonotactics and Sandhi”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_033705>
First published online: 2020

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