Minimal Pair List Vowels 7 and 8, /ɔ/ versus /ʊ/ 66 pairs
The /ɔ/ vowel is spelled <a>, <al>, <au>, <or> or <aw>. The /ʊ/ vowel is spelled <oo> or <u>.
One of the sounds is long and the other short. Although they are fairly close in tongue position, they should not cause problems for learners.
Interesting pairs include:
The density figure is 3.37%. The set makes 31 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 47%.
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