Linguistics
3:34 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Do You Have An Accent? Take The Minimal Pairs Test

This is a minimal pairs test used by Christopher Strelluf, a graduate student at the University of Missouri, who is studying how people in Kansas City talk.

This is a list of words that have one phonological difference. Some of the pairs are controls, as in they're pronounced the same.

Read the list aloud to see where you make distinctly different pronunciations, and where you might be merged. You might be surprised to find that some of words that you think you say very differently don't come out so distinctly after all.

  1. dew do
  2. but bet
  3. reed read
  4. pin pen
  5. full fool
  6. pill peel
  7. cot caught
  8. sell sale
  9. dawn Don
  10. know no
  11. hair her
  12. pull pool
  13. bowl bull
  14. gym gem
  15. Polly Pauley