Minimal Pair List Vowels 4 and 14, /æ/ versus / aɪ / 275 pairs
The /æ/ vowel is spelled <a> followed by two consonants or by one consonant in a monosyllable, and exceptionally <ai> in plait and plaid . The / aɪ / diphthong is most often spelled <iCe> as in ice but also occurs as the letter I , <yCe> in rhyme , <igh> in high and <ei> in the loan word reich .
This contrast is between a short vowel and a diphthong, so it should not cause problems even though the starting position of the tongue is similar.
Taboo word pairs include craps/cripes .
Interesting pairs include:
The density value is 3.8%. The pairs make 144 semantic contrasts, giving a loading of 52.3%.
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