Minimal Pair List Consonants /r/ versus /ʧ/, 147 pairs
The /r/ sound is spelled with <r>, <rr> or <wr> in wreck . The /ʧ/ sound is spelled with <ch> or <tch>.
This is a contrast between a voiced alveolar retroflex continuant and a voiceless alveolar affricate. It only ocurs initially or medially. Some of the medial pairs, such as marring/marching , only arise because of a linking -r introduced by the -ing inflection. It is not a problem.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.2%. The lists make 77 semantic distinctions, a loading of 52%.
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