The /g/ sound is spelled with <g>, <gg>, <gh> in ghoul or <gu> in guard. In initial position the /ʤ/ sound is spelled <j>, or <g> before <e> or <i>, but notice the very unusual initial <g> in gaol. In medial and final positions it is <g(e)> or <dg(e)> Notice the homograph gill meaning either a part of a fish or a liquid measure, pairing with itself and the name Jill.
The contrast is between a velar stop and a palatal affricate, both voiced. Most of the problems arise from the spelling rather than the intrinsic difficulty of the sounds.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 2.3%. The list makes 70 semantic distinctions, a loading of 61%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, October 2010.