Wondering if there are languages in which there are 2 words, 1 containing letter (a) and the other containing letter (b), such that they sound pretty much the same, yet they mean different things. The pairs of words are formed from these sound pairs:
(a) (b) k q ɲ ŋ n ɳ ŋ ɴ ɡ ɢ d ɖ β v ɸ f ʒ ʐ ʃ ʂ ʐ ʝ ħ h h ɦ ɣ ʁ ɣ ɰ ɹ ɻ v ʋ ɾ ɽ ʀ r ʜ ħ ʜ h ɬ ʃ ɮ ʒ ɭ˔̊ ʃ ɭ ʟ l ɭ ɺ l t ʈ
These sounds sound almost identical to me, even though they are produced differently anatomically. Pretty much it boils down to these sounds to me:
k n ng g v f z ʒ ʃ t h r l
The other ones seem too subtle to be used to make different words. Wondering if they are actually used for that purpose, or what purpose they serve. I'm just wondering if any of the pairs could be used this way, not necessarily all of them since that would be a lot :)
If there are words used from these two letter pairs that have different meanings in some language, I'm wondering how you get to understand the different sounds so well to distinguish it easier (sort of thing). Maybe the before/after letter around the letter makes it easier to distinguish or something.