Minimal Pair List Diphthong /aʊ/ versus null, 41 pairs
The /aʊ/ sound is spelled with <ou>, <ow> or <ao> in Maoist .
As /aʊ/ is usually stressed, it is rare for it to leave another word when you remove it, and in most cases there is a shift of stress. A number of cases arise from replacing an -out suffix with an -ed inflection.
The density is 1.9%. The list makes 32 semantic contrasts, a loading of 78%.
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