Minimal Pair List Consonants /l/ versus /w/, 257 pairs
The /l/ sound is spelled with <l> or <ll>. The /w/ sound is spelled with <w>, <wh> or <qu> in the /kw/ cluster. Notice how the homograph lead makes pairs with weed and wed .
This is a contrast between an alveolar lateral continuant and a bilabial semivowel, both voiced and only occurring in initail or medial position. It is not a problem.Taboo word pairs include lank/wank and lea/wee .
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.7%. The lists make 129 semantic distinctions, a loading of 51%.
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