Minimal Pair List Vowels 18 and 20, / ɪə / versus / ʊə / 27 pairs
The / ɪə / diphthong is spelled <eer> or <ear>. The / ʊə / diphthong is spelled <ure>, <our> or <oor>.
This is a contrast between two diphthongs with widely different starting positions and a difference of lip rounding. It is not a problem for learners.
The density figure is 2.56%. The set makes 15 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 55%.
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