Minimal Pair List Vowels 2 and 18, / ɪ / and / ɪə / 24 pairs
Vowel / ɪ / is generally spelled <i>, <y> or <ie>. The / ɪə / diphthong is <ia>, <ea>, <eer>, <ear> or <ier>.
The original search produced a great many extra pairs in which the / ɪə / was not a diphthong but was two syllables, such as airy/area or collie/collier . These were discarded since they really belong in the schwa versus null column, being made by adding the schwa to / ɪ /.
The only pairs with taboo words are piss/pierce and quiz/queers .
The mean density is very low at 0.1%. The list makes 19 semantic contrast, giving a high loading of 79%.
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