Minimal Pair List Vowels 5 and 15, /ɑ/ versus / ɔɪ / 48 pairs
The /ɑ/ vowel is usually spelled <ar> but we also find <a> in ta and <aa> in baa . The / ɔɪ / diphthong is spelled <oi> or <oy>.
This contrast is between a long vowel and a diphthong. The starting tongue positions are fairly close but confusions are unlikely.
Interesting pairs include:
The density value is 6.12%. The pairs make 26 semantic contrasts, giving a loading of 54.2%.
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