The /e/ vowel is spelled <e>, <ea> in deaf or <ie> in friend, and occurs in the letter names F, N and X. The vowel /ɒ/ is spelled <o>, or <a> after <w > in swat or wand.
The two sounds are both short but are well separated in the mouth, so are unlikely to be a problem.
This distinction signals the tense change in the strong verbs get/got, forget/forgot and tread/trod.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density is 2.7%. The pairs make 149 semantic contrasts, giving a loading of 60%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, January 2011