The spelling of /k/ is <c>, <ck>, <k> or <ch> in ache. The /ʤ/ sound is spelled <j>, <ge> or <dg>.
This is a contrast between a voiceless stop and a voiced affricate, fairly well separated in the mouth. It does not cause many problems, other than for Turkish learners whose spelling system leads them sometimes to pronounce <c> as /ʤ/.
Taboo word pais include coon/June and fuck/fudge.
Interesting pairs include:
The figure for the mean density is 1.5%. The set makes 101 semantic contrasts, a loading of 55%.
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