Minimal Pair List Vowels 5 and 9, /ɑ/ versus /u/ 92 pairs
The /ɑ/ vowel is usually spelled <ar> but we also find <ear> in heart , <a> in khan and the letter name R . The /u/ vowel is spelled <oo>, <ew>, <ui> in bruise , and <ou> in you .
This contrast is between two long back vowels which are fairly well separated in the mouth and distinguished by lip-rounding. It is unlikely to cause problems for learners.
There is one set of pairs involving a taboo word: khan/coon .
The density value is 2.21%. The pairs make 53 semantic contrasts, giving a loading of 57.6%.
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