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Vowels 12 and 19, /ə/ versus //     8 pairs       

The schwa is spelled <er> or <or> in this list. The // diphthong is spelled <air>, <are>, and <�> in the loan word premi�re.

This is a contrast between a short vowel which is always unstressed and a diphthong. It is not in itself a problem for learners.

The density figure is 0.83%. The set makes 5 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 63%.

coarser corsair
cos cares 		  
courser coursair
  coursers corsairs 
hector hectare 
  hectors hectares 
premier premi�re 
  premiers premi�res 

Credit: John Higgins