Minimal Pair List Vowels 4 and 15, /æ/ versus / ɔɪ / 33 pairs
The /æ/ vowel is spelled <a> followed by two consonants or by one consonant in a monosyllable. The / ɔɪ / diphthong is spelled <oi> or <oy>.
This contrast is between a short vowel and a diphthong with the sounds well separated in the mouth, so it should not cause any problems.
Interesting pairs include:
Since the / ɔɪ / is very infrequent in the language, the density value is unexpectedly high at 4.2%. The pairs make 20 semantic contrasts, giving a loading of 60.1%.
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