Minimal Pair List Consonants /ð/ versus /h/, 20 pairs
The /ð/ sound is spelled with <th>. The /h/ sound is spelled with <h>.
This is a contrast between a voiced dental fricative and a voiceless glottal fricative. Although both sounds may occur medially after prefixes, as in methinks or behind , the only observed pairs occur initially. The separate sounds may be a problem for learners, but the contrast is fairly infrequent.
The mean density value is 0.9%. The list makes 19 semantic distinctions, a loading of 95%.
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