minimal pairs

Discussion in 'English Only' started by dreamy76, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. dreamy76 Senior Member

    A question concerning linguistics is minimal pairs same as minimal set please?

    Many thanks for your help.
  2. phosphore Senior Member

    I've never heard of minimal set, but minimal pairs are pairs of words which differ in only one sound, used to demonstrate which sounds have distinctive function and, thus, are separate phonemes.
  3. Joannes Senior Member

    Belgian Dutch
    Yes, I have seen both to mean the same thing but the latter is not nearly as common as the former.

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