Minimal Pair List Vowels 9 and 20, /u/ versus / ʊə / 19 pairs
The /u/ vowel is spelled <oo>, <ue> and <o> in two . The / ʊə / diphthong is spelled <our> or <ure>.
This is a contrast between a long vowel and a diphthong with similar starting positions. It is a known problem for Farsi and Swahili learners and probably for others, even some native speakers. Luckily there are few minimal pairs and so it does not matter very much.
The density figure is 1.8%. The set makes 10 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 52.6%.
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