Minimal Pair List Vowels 15 and 17, / ɔɪ / versus / aʊ / 39 pairs
The / ɔɪ / diphthong is spelled <oi> and <oy>. The / aʊ / diphthong is spelled <ow> or <ou>.
This is a contrast between two diphthongs with different starting positions and different directions of movement. It is not a problem for learners.
The density figure is 4.97%. The set makes 20 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 51.3%.
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