Minimal Pair List Vowels 9 and 19, /u/ versus / eə / 66 pairs
The /u/ vowel is spelled <oo>, <ew>, <ue> and <o> in who , and occurs in the letter name U . The / eə / diphthong is spelled <areCe>, <air> and <ear> in bear .
There is one taboo word pair: coon/cairn .
One interesting pair is hoodoo/hairdo .
This is a contrast between a long vowel and a diphthong, widely separated in starting position and distinguished by lip-rounding. It is not a problem for any learners.
The density figure is 6.86%. The set makes 40 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 60.6%.
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