The /e/ vowel is spelled <e>, <ea> in ready and occcurs in the letter name L. The diphthong /aʊ/ is spelled <ow>, <ou>, and <au> in one of the two common pronunciations of sauna.
This is a contrast bewteen a short front vowel and a back closing diphthong and is not a problem for learners.
The mean density is 1.3%. The pairs make 61 semantic contrasts, giving a loading of 51%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, January 2011