Minimal Pair List Vowels 13 and 20, / eɪ / versus / ʊə / 22 pairs
The / eɪ / diphthong is spelled <aCe>, <ai>, <ay> or <a> in the homograph bass . The / ʊə / diphthong is spelled <our>, <oor> or <ure>.
This is a contrast between two diphthongs. The starting positions are well separated and the direction of movement is different. Confusions are unlikely.
Interesting pairs include:
The density figure is 1.99%. The set makes 13 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 61.9%.
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