The /n/ sound is spelled with <n> or <nn>. The /l/ sound is spelled with <l>. Notice how the homograph lead pairs with need and Ned.
This is a contrast between a lateral and and a nasal continuant, both in the alveolar region and both voiced. It is a known problem for speakers of Chinese and Thai, especially in syllable-final position.
Taboo word pairs include coon/cool and cunt/cult.
I have retained one non-minimal but highly confusable pair: painless/paleness. Other interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 3.1%. The lists make 439 semantic distinctions, a loading of 53%.
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