<html> <head> <title>Minimal pairs - consonant sounds in British English: "thigh" and "thy"</title> <meta name="description" content="Recognition and production of English phonemes: voiceless dental fricative compared with voiced dental fricative."> <meta name="keywords" content="consonant,sounds,dental,fricative,fricatives,voiced,voiceless,British,English,pronunciation,phonology,phonemes,language,learning,teaching,efl,esl,elt"> </head> <body text="#000000" link="#0000ff" vlink="#ff0000" bgcolor="#ffffff"> <p><a href="minimal.html">Index</a> | <a href="index.html">Home Page</a> | <a href="#" onClick="history.go(-1)">Back</a> | <a href="minimal2923.html">Next</a> <font color="#ffffff">-----------</font><b>Minimal Pairs</b></p> <p><font color="#ffffff">-----</font><img src="ph29.gif"> <font color="#ffffff">-----------------------</font><img src="ph30.gif"></p> <table border=0 cellspacing=5 cellpadding=5 width=520> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">thigh</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>thy</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">mouth (<i>noun</i>)</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>mouth (<i>verb</i>)</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">teeth (<i>noun</i>)</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>teethe (<i>verb</i>)</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">wreath (<i>noun</i>)</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>wreathe (<i> verb</i>)</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">ether</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>either</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">cloths (<i>noun</i>)</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>clothes (<i>vowel sound change & noun</i>)</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">cloth (<i>noun</i>)</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>clothe (<i>vowel sound change & verb</i>)</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">bath (<i>noun</i>)</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>bathe (<i>vowel sound change & verb</i>)</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">breath (<i>noun</i>)</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>breathe (<i>vowel sound change & verb</i>)</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">sooth (<i>adj. or noun</i>)</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>soothe (<i> verb</i>)</td> </tr> </table> </body> </html>