Minimal Pair List Consonants /r/ versus /j/, 79 pairs
The /r/ sound is spelled with <r> or <rr>. The /j/ sound is spelled with <y>, <qu> in /kj/ clusters and is heard in the letter name U .
This is a contrast between an alvolar retroflex continuant and a palatal semivowel, both voiced. It only ocurs initially or in initial clusters. In spite of the similarity it is not a problem.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 0.6%. The lists make 48 semantic distinctions, a loading of 61%.
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