<html> <head> <title>Minimal pairs - vowel sounds in British English: "load" and "loud"</title> <meta name="description" content="Recognition and production of English phonemes: diphthong rising from mid central towards close central-back rounded compared with diphthong rising from raised open front unrounded towards close central-back rounded."> <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="minimal202007.html">Next</a> <font color="#ffffff">-----------</font><b>Minimal Pairs</b></p> <p><font color="#ffffff">-----</font><img src="ph19.gif"> <font color="#ffffff">-----------------------</font><img src="ph20.gif"> <table border=0 cellspacing=5 cellpadding=5 width=520> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">load</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>loud</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">phoned</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>found</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">road</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>rowed (<i>argued</i>)</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">row (<i>with oars in a boat</i>)</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>row (<i>argue</i>)</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">rote</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>rout</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">oat</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>out</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">devote</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>devout</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">moaned</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>mound</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">code</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>cowed</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">stoat</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>stout</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">goat</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>gout</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">clone</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>clown</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">known</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>noun</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">drone</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>drown</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">bowl</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>bowel</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">tone</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>town</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">hoe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>how</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">coach</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>couch</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">dose</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>douse</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">foal</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>fowl</td> </tr> </table> </body> </html>