Minimal Pair List Consonants /ð/ versus /m/, 75 pairs
The /ð/ sound is spelled with <th>. The /m/ sound is spelled with <m>, <mm> or <lm>. Sometimes a final /Ɵ/ is voiced when made plural, which is why there are no matching singular forms for the pairs oaths/ohms and paths/palms . Notice how the homograph mow makes pairs with though and thou .
This is a contrast between a dental fricative and a bilabial nasal continuant, both voiced. It is not a problem.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1%. The list makes 47 semantic distinctions, a loading of 63%.
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