Consonants /ʒ/ versus /h/, 4 pairs     [giteheat.html]

The /ʒ/ sound is spelled with <g> or <j>. The /h/ sound is spelled with <h>.

This is a contrast between a voiced alveolar fricative and a voiceless glottal fricative. Since /h/ can only occur initially and /ʒ/ only medially or finally except in words of French origin such as gendarme, no pairs showed up in the dictionary search. I have identified several that might occur, though it could be disputed whether these are genuinely English words.

The mean density value is 0.2%. The list makes 3 semantic distinctions, a loading of 75%.

gîte heat
  gîtes heats
Jacques hack	   
jolie holly

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