The /n/ sound is spelled with <n>, <kn> as in knee or <gn> in gnaw. The /ʧ/ sound is spelled with <ch> or <tch>.
This is a contrast between a voiced alveolar nasal continuant and a voiceless alveolar affricate. It is not a problem. The cluster /ʧt/ only seems to occur in past tense forms, so many of the pairs contrast an uninflected verb with a past tense verb, as in hint/hitched or want/watched.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.2%. The lists make 113 semantic distinctions, a loading of 62%.
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