I was given a task to define the types of the phoneme distribution in these words:
tea [tiː] – stay [steɪ] – try [traɪ] – twice [twaɪs] – little [ˈlɪtl]
But I have no idea how to do that. Could you give me a hint or advice?
Maybe it's about complementary and contrastive distribution and free-variants (that's what I've found in the internet). But I don't understand all that abstruse terms. Perhaps people who are familiar with this subject, can explain it in simple words?