Minimal Pair List Consonants /l/ versus /j/, 92 pairs
The /l/ sound is spelled with <l>. The /j/ sound is spelled with <y> or initial <u>.
This is a contrast between an alveolar lateral continuant and a palatal semivowel, both voiced and only occurring in initial position or in intial clusters. It is not a problem.
The mean density value is 0.6%. The lists make 56 semantic distinctions, a loading of 61%.
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