The /ʃ/ sound is spelled with <sh> in this set apart from <ch> in chic. The /l/ sound is spelled with <l> or <ll>.
This is a contrast between a voiceless alveolar fricative and a voiced lateral continuant. It is not a problem, though the /l/ sound may be difficult for some learners.
Taboo word pairs include shag/lag and shit/lit.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.2%. The list makes 120 semantic distinctions, a loading of 57%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, December 2010.