Consonants /v/ versus /j/, 13 pairs     [vetyet.html]

The /v/ sound is spelled with <v>, while the /j/ sound is spelled <y>. The contrast only occurs initially.

The contrast is between a labio-dental fricative and a palatal semivowel. It causes no problems.

The mean density value is 0.2%. The list makes 8 semantic distinctions, a loading of 62%.

V ye
vac yak
  vacs yaks	  
vale Yale
  vales Yales
veil Yale
  veils Yales     
veer year
  veers years
vend yenned
vet yet
vocal yokel
  vocals yokels

John Higgins, Shaftesbury, November 2010.