Minimal Pair List Vowels 6 and 18, / ɒ / versus / ɪə / 27 pairs
The / ɒ / vowel is spelled <o>, or <a> after <w> or <qu> in wad and quad . The / ɪə / diphthong is spelled <ear>, <eir>, <eer>, or <ir> in the loan word kirsch . The dictionary search also found the pair proton/protean , but it is questionable whether protean contains the / ɪə / diphthong or is a three-syllable word.
This contrast is between a short back vowel and a front centering diphthong. It is not a problem for any learners.
Interesting pairs include:
The density value is small at 0.67%. The pairs make 21 semantic contrasts, giving a high loading of 77.8%.
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