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What are minimal pairs ?

asked 2015-12-12 10:44:49 -0500

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updated 2016-01-19 12:23:42 -0500

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Can anyone tell me what is the meaning of this word?

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answered 2015-12-12 10:45:18 -0500

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Minimal pairs are two words that differ in a single phonological element and have distinct meanings. Tacks/tax and mail/male are pronounced the same, despite having distinct meaning. Thus the tacks/tax and mail/male examples would actually be considered homophones, not minimal pairs, I think.emphasized text

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