I'm looking for a database of english minimal pairs that is at least somewhat organized by some principle such as features or phonemes similar to : https://www.speech-language-therapy.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=125:wordlists&catid=9:resources&Itemid=108 http://www.minpairs.talktalk.net/minimal.html

These are fine, but I would need to write a web scraper to parse through all the data. Is there any publicly available minimal data in a more accessible format like a .csv?

  • yes, updated to clarify Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 10:20

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For future people who may need this, I ended up writing a webscraper and compiling everything from www.minpairs.talktalk.net. You can view/download the corpus here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aSdkp5omzWF0-Tfq2VJH9c5UWnj7BVJN7BBssWDFqNQ/edit?usp=sharing

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    I take it this is the product of slurping in those data, and it wasn't evaluated for further minimal-pairness. E.g. antique [æ̀ntʰɪ́k] vs. antic [ǽntɪk] isn't minimal, there are 3 differences. Maybe it depends on your definition of minimal pair (which is...?). Dialect disclaimers also (beta and bitter).
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    Commented Jan 17, 2018 at 2:42
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    That's right, and I believe that database is for RP English. There's also a few weird entries (like just "s"). It also does not include inflectional variation of the root word. It's still useful for what I need in this form but use with caution! Commented Jan 17, 2018 at 2:55

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