Minimal Pair List Vowels 3 and 8, /e/ versus / ʊ / 50 pairs
The /e/ vowel is spelled <e>, or <ea> in head . The vowel / ʊ / is spelled with <u> or <oo> except for <ou> in should and <oe>in the loan word stoep .
Both vowels are short but are far enough apart for the distinction to cause no problems.
The mean density is 0.8%. The pairs make 24 semantic contrasts, giving a loading of 48%.
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