The spelling of /t/ is <t>, <tt>, <te>, or <th> in Thai. The /n/ sound is <n> or <nn> and occasionally in combination with silent letters such as <kn> in know or <gn> in impugn. Inflected forms with -s have been included even where not strictly minimal. See the discussion under "Problems" on the main page. This does, however, create an anomaly when a plural form like wits enters pairs with both wins and wince.
The contrast is between a voiceless plosive and a voiced nasal continuant, close together in the mouth. It is not a problem for learners.
The computer missed out a number of pairs owing to inconsistency about transcribing syllabic -n with or without an unstressed vowel before it. I have restored some of these where I have noticed them, eg vital/vinyl.
Taboo word pairs are coot/coon, shit/shin and tit/tin.
Other interesting pairs include:
mature manure (mature is often assimilated to /mə'ʧʊə/ making this non-minimal)
stature snatcher (possible difference in stress)
The mean density value is 2.4%. The list makes 390 semantic distinctions, a loading of 57%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, February 2010.