<html> <head> <title>Minimal pairs - vowel sounds in British English: "cow" and "cower"</title> <meta name="description" content="Recognition and production of English phonemes: diphthong rising from raised open front unrounded towards close central-back rounded compared with the same followed by the neutral vowel, schwa."> <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="minimal2122.html">Next</a> <font color="#ffffff">-----------</font><b>Minimal Pairs</b></p> <p><font color="#ffffff">-----</font><img src="ph20.gif"> <font color="#ffffff">----------------------</font><img src="ph2007.gif"></p> <table border=0 cellspacing=5 cellpadding=5 width=520> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">bow</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>bower</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">cow</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>cower</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">ow</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>hour</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">ow</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>our</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">sow (<i>pig</i>)</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>sour</td> </tr> </table> <p><img src="ph2007.gif"></p> <p>allowable <br /> allowance<br /> avowal<br /> bowel<br /> bower<br /> cauliflower<br /> cornflour<br /> cornflower<br /> coward<br /> cower<br /> devour<br /> disembowel<br /> dour<br /> dowel<br /> Eisenhower<br /> elderflower<br /> embowel<br /> embower<br /> empower<br /> flour<br /> floury<br /> flower<br /> flowerpot <br /> flowery<br /> glower<br /> Gower<br /> horsepower<br /> hour<br /> hourglass<br /> Howard<br /> hydropower<br /> lour<br /> manhour<br /> manpower<br /> Maori<br /> mayflower<br /> Mayflower<br /> nowadays<br /> our<br /> ourself<br /> overpower<br /> passionflower<br /> power<br /> powerful<br /> powerless<br /> powerpoint <br /> power-sharing<br /> sauerkraut<br /> scour<br /> semivowel<br /> shower<br /> sour<br /> sunflower <br /> sweet-and-sour<br /> towel<br /> tower <br /> Eiffel Tower<br /> vowel<br /> wallflower<br /> watchtower<br /> willpower</p> </body> </html>