Minimal Pair List Consonants /k/ versus /l/, 617 pairs
The /k/ sound is spelled with <c>, <k>, <ck>, <ch> in chord , and the cluster /ks/ is spelled with <x> in six . The /l/ sound is spelled <l> or <ll>. The homograph poll makes pairs with pock and poke , as does slough with scow and scuff .
The contrast is between a voiceless velar stop and a voiced lateral continuant. It does not cause any listening problems.
Interesting pairs include:
Taboo word pairs include cock/lock, coo/loo and coon/loon .
The mean density value is 2.7%. The list makes 307 semantic distinctions, a loading of 50%.
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