Minimal Pair List Vowels 1 and 6, /i/ and /ɒ/ 361 pairs
We see the usual range of spellings for /i/ in this list, with <ee> and <ea> being the commonest. The /ɒ/ vowel is normally <o> in a monosyllable or before two consonants. We also have <oCV> in dolour , <au> in Aussie , and <a> after <w> in swap , was and wand .
In this list we have a long vowel in contrast with a short one, so that all the contrasts occur in closed syllables. The two sounds are sufficiently remote to cause no difficulty for any groups of learners.
The only slight potential for an embarrassing confusion would be wees / was .
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density is 5.1%. The set makes 181 semantic contrasts giving a loading of almost exactly 50%.
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