Minimal Pair List Consonants /m/ versus /l/, 590 pairs
The /m/ sound is spelled with <m>, <mm> or <mb> in comb . The /l/ sound is spelled with <l> or <ll>. Notice how the homograph lead pairs with Med and mead . The software picked out numerous pairs in which the sounds appeared in reverse order such as lame/male , smile/slime and lemon/melon , but I have disallowed then as they are not strictly minimal, though confusable.
This is a contrast between a bilabial nasal continuant and a lateral continuant, both voiced. It is not a problem.
Several pairs are formed from a Latinate -ium ending contrasting with its adjective derivative such as bacterium/bacterial . Other interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 3%. The lists make 315 semantic distinctions, a loading of 53%.
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