Minimal Pair List Consonants /p/ versus /j/, 87 pairs

   Minimal pair: Consonants /p/ versus /j/, 87 pairs

The spelling of /p/ is always <p> and the /j/ semivowel is <y> since the contrast can only occur initially. Note that the dictionary gives two possible pronunciations for the word year , giving minimal pairs with both peer or pier and per or purr .

The contrast is between a voiceless plosive and a palatal semivowel. It causes no problems.

Interesting pairs include:

pearling yearling
potting yachting

The mean density value is 1%. The list makes 59 semantic distinctions, a loading of 68%.

P ye
pa yah
pack yak
  packs yaks
pah yah
pair yeah
pall yawl
  palls yawls
Pam yam
pap yap
par yah
pare yeah
parr yah
pate Yate 
Paul yawl
pause yaws
pause yours
paw yaw
  pawed yawed
  pawing yawing
  paws yaws
paw yore
paw your
  paws yours
pawl yawl
  pawls yawls
pawn yawn
  pawned yawned
  pawning yawning
  pawns yawns
pax yaks
pay yea
  pays yeas
pea ye
pealed yield
pear yeah
pearling yearling
pearly yearly
pee ye
peeled yield
peer year
pen yen
  penned yenned
  penning yenning
  pens yens
per year
pet yet
petty yeti
pieced yeast
pier year
poke yoke
  poked yoked
  pokes yokes
  poking yoking
poke yolk
  pokes yolks
ponder yonder
pooh ewe
pooh U 
pooh yew
pooh you
pool you'll
pool yule
Poole you'll
Poole yule
poor you're
pore yaw
  pored yawed
  pores yaws
pore yore
pore your
  pores yours
pork York 
porn yawn
pot yacht
  pots yachts
  potted yachted
  potting yachting
pour yaw
  poured yawed
  pours yaws
pour yore
pour your
  pours yours
purling yearling
purr year
  purrs years