Minimal Pair List Consonants /Ɵ/ versus /l/, 78 pairs
The /Ɵ/ sound is spelled with <th>. The /l/ sound is spelled with <l> or <ll>.
This is a contrast between a voiceless dental and alveolar fricative and a voiced lateral continuant, fairly close together in the mouth. It is not a problem, although the sound /Ɵ/ is difficult for many learners.Ome interesting oair is thicker/liquor .
Since the /Ɵ/ sound is of low frequency overall, the mean density value is low at 0.6%. The list makes 56 semantic distinctions, a loading of 72%.
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