Minimal Pair List Vowels 14 and 20, / aɪ / versus / ʊə / 19 pairs
The / aɪ / diphthong is spelled <iCe>, <ie> and <y>. The / ʊə / diphthong is spelled <ure> or <oor>.
This is a contrast between two diphthongs with different starting positions, different directions of movement and a difference of lip rounding. It is not a problem for learners.
Interesting pairs include:
The density figure is 1.8%. The set makes 10 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 52.6%.
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