Minimal Pair List Consonants /p/ versus / ʧ /, 296 pairs
The spelling of /p/ is always <p> or <pp>. The / ʧ / sound is normally <ch> or <tch>, though we also see <tu> in suture , torture and vesture , and it occurs in the letter name H .
The contrast is between a plosive and an affricate, both voiceless but well separated in the mouth. There is little risk of confusion.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 3.4%. The list makes 152 semantic distinctions, a loading of 51%.
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