Minimal Pair List Consonants /Ɵ/ versus /ʧ/, 46 pairs
The /Ɵ/ sound is spelled with <th>. The /ʧ/ sound is spelled with <ch> or <tch>.
This is a contrast between a fricative and an affricate, both voiceless and in the same region of the mouth. It is surprising that it is not more of a problem, but this may be because /Ɵ/ is an uncommon sound in English and does not occur in many other languages.
The mean density value is 2.2%. The list makes 33 semantic distinctions, a loading of 72%.
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