The spelling of /g/ is <g> or <gg>, and we also see <gu> in guest and <gh> in ghat. The /n/ sound is spelled <n>, <nn> or <gn> in gnu.
This is a contrast between a stop and a nasal continuant, both voiced but fairly well separated in the mouth. It does not cause any problems.
Interesting pairs include:
The figure for the mean density is 1.6%. The set makes 140 semantic contrasts, a loading of 53%.
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