Minimal Pair List Vowels 10 and 15, /ʌ/ versus / ɔɪ / 30 pairs
The /ʌ/ vowel is spelled with <u> throughout. The / ɔɪ / vowel is spelled <oi> or <oy>.
This is a contrast between a short vowel and a diphthong with fairly close starting positions but distinguished by lip-rounding. It does not seem to be a problem for many learners.
Interesting pairs include:
The density figure is 3.82%. The set makes 15 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 50%.
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