The /ɒ/ vowel is usually spelled <o> but we also find <a> after <w> in wad. The /aɪ/ diphthong is normally spelled <iCe>, but we also find <igh> and <ay> and the letter name Y.
This contrast is between a short vowel and a diphthong. The starting position of the tongue in the mouth is fairly close, but it is not a problem for any learners.
Interesting pairs include:
The density value is 2.62%. The pairs make 97 semantic contrasts, giving a loading of 51.1%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, November 2009