Minimal Pair List Diphthong /eə/ versus null, 53 pairs
The /eə/ sound is spelled with <air> or <aer>.
As /eə/ is fairly rare, only occurring in 962 words in the dictionary, this was a fairly easy list to work out manually. Most of the words arise from compounds beginning air- . Two pairs arise from deleting a suffix -aire . There are very few others since the /eə/ vowel is usually the nucleus of a stressed syllable. I am not quite sure of the status of sierra/sirrah , particularly since sirrah is rather archaic.
The density value is 5.5%. The set makes 31 sematic distinctions, giving a loading of 58%.
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