Minimal Pair List Consonants /b/ versus /ʒ/, 2 pairs

   Minimal pair: Consonants /b/ versus /ʒ/, 2 pairs

In this set the spelling of /b/ is <b>, and the /ʒ/ sound is spelled <ge>.

The contrast is between a stop and a fricative, both voiced but well separated in the mouth. It is unlikely to be a problem.

The consonant /b/ can occur in any position in the syllable, but /ʒ/ only occurs finally or intervocalically, other than in foreign names. /ʒ/ is in any case a very rare phoneme, found in only 334 words in the source dictionary. The figure for the mean density of this contrast is 2/5372, too small to signify, while the semantic loading is 100%, since there are no pairs which are inflections of the same root.

babe beige
rubies rouges