<html> <head> <title>Minimal pairs - vowel sounds in British English: "pair" and "poor"</title> <meta name="description" content="Recognition and production of English phonemes: diphthong gliding from Cardinal Vowel no. 2 close-mid front unrounded to mid central unrounded compared with diphthong gliding from close-mid central-back rounded to mid central unrounded."> <meta name="keywords" content="rising,diphthong,cardinal,vowel,British,English,pronunciation,phonology,phonemes,vowel sounds,front,vowels,language,learning,teaching,efl,esl,elt"> </head> <body text="#000000" link="#0000ff" vlink="#ff0000" bgcolor="#ffffff"> <p><a href="minimal.html">Index</a> | <a href="index.html">Home Page</a> | <a href="#" onClick="history.go(-1)">Back</a> | <a href="minimal1904.html">Next</a> <font color="#ffffff">-----------</font><b>Minimal Pairs</b></p> <p><font color="#ffffff">-----</font><img src="ph17.gif"> <font color="#ffffff">-----------------------</font><img src="ph18.gif"> <table border=0 cellspacing=5 cellpadding=5 width=520> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">pair</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>poor</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">mare</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>more</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">tear (<i>rip apart</i>)</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>tour</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">spare</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>spoor</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">dare</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>dour</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">share</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>sure</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">bear</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>boor</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">lair</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>lure</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">rare</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>Ruhr</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">stair</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>Stour (<i>river in Essex/Kent/Suffolk)</i></td> </tr> </table> </body> </html>