Minimal Pair List Vowels 11 and 20, /3/ versus / ʊə / 14 pairs
The /3/ vowel is spelled with <er>, <ir>, <ear>, <ur>, and <yr> in myrrh . The / ʊə / diphthong is spelled <our> and <oor>.
This is a contrast between a long vowel and a diphthong. The starting positions are fairly close, but there is a difference of lip-rounding, so it causes no problems for learners.
Interesting pairs include:
The density figure is 1.33%. The set makes 10 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 71.4%.
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