Minimal Pair List Vowels 9 and 15, /u/ versus / ɔɪ / 50 pairs
The /u/ vowel is usually spelled <oo>, <ew>, <u> and <o> in two . The / ɔɪ / diphthong is spelled <oy> and <oi>.
This is a contrast between a long vowel and a diphthong, fairly close in starting positions. It is not a recognised problem for any group of learners.
There is one taboo word pair, coon/coign .
Interesting pairs include:
The density figure is 6.38%. The set makes 24 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 48%.
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