Consonants /v/ versus /ʒ/, 2 pairs     [closure.html]

The spelling of /v/ is <v>. The /ʒ/ sound is spelled <su>.

The contrast is between two voiced fricatives fairly well separated in the mouth. It is unlikely to cause a problem.

The /v/ sound can occur in any position in the syllable, but /ʒ/ only occurs finally or intervocalically, other than in foreign names or loan words such as gendarme. /ʒ/ is in any case a very rare phoneme, found in only 334 words in the source dictionary.

The figure for the mean density is 0.1% and the semantic loading is 100%, though neither value is significant with such a short list.

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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, January 2010
updated Chiang Mai, 2024