Minimal Pair List Consonants /g/ versus /s/, 242 pairs
The spelling of /g/ is <g> or <gg>, but we also see <gh> in burgher . The /s/ sound is spelled <s>, <ss> or <c> before <e> or <i>. We also see the exceptional initial <ca> in Caesar .
This is a contrast between a voiced stop and a voiceless fricative, well separated in the mouth. It does not cause any problems.
The only taboo word pair is pig/piss .
Interesting pairs include:
The figure for the mean density is 1.4%. The set makes 134 semantic contrasts, a loading of 55%.
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