The /ɔ/ vowel is usually spelled <or>, <our>, and <oar>, but we also see <al> in tall, <au> in caught, and <aw> in awl. The /ɔɪ/ diphthong is spelled <oi> or <oy>.
This is a contrast between a long vowel and a diphthong. The starting positions are close togther in the mouth and there is some potential for confusion, though not associated with any particular group of learners. For speakers of French, which uses a clear -l after vowels, there might be a tendency to confuse pairs like call/coil.
Interesting pairs include:
The density figure is high at 11.9%. The set makes 47 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 51%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, December 2009