The /ɒ/ vowel is usually spelled <o> but we also find <a> in yacht and wad and unusually <oCe> in scone. The /eɪ/ diphthong is normally spelled <aCe>, but we also find <ai> and <ay> and the letter name A.
This contrast is between a short vowel and a diphthong, well separated in the mouth. It is not a problem for any learners.
The only mildly taboo word pair is cock/cake.
Interesting pairs include:
The density value is 2.98%. The pairs make 122 semantic contrasts, giving a loading of 52.8%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, November 2009