The /h/ sound is spelled with <h>. The /l/ sound is spelled with <l>. Notice how the homographs lead pairs with head and heed and Lied/lied with heat and hide.
This is a contrast between a voiceless glottal fricative and a voiced lateral continuant, only occurring in syllable-initial position. The contrast is not a problem, although the individual sounds may be difficult for some learners.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.9%. The lists make 141 semantic distinctions, a loading of 50%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, December 2010.