The set of constraints on how sequences of segments pattern. This forms part of a speaker's internalized knowledge of the pholonogy of a language. Phonotactic rules are usually prohibitive, not constructive.

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Is “あらら” (arara) a word or just a “vocal noise”?

A friend just wrote this as a comment on a photo of mine on Facebook. Is it an actual word or is it what I call a "vocal noise"? By "vocal noise" I mean those things which convey some meaning but ...