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I felt challenged by your postscript and did a little research (with Google, of course). I found this thesis (in German): http://www.bcs.rochester.edu/people/fjaeger/papers/ma-thesis-letter.pdf In 3.12.1 it briefly discusses the construction in your question. More interestingly (at least to me): the following sections and 3.9 list a couple of similar ...


As mentioned before, "weg" and "Weg" are pronounced differently: Weg, noun, [veːk] weg, adverb, [vɛk] Nonetheless, both words share a common etymology. The reason for the difference in pronunciation is the following: In Middle High German, "weg/wec" [vɛk] had a short vowel and was used both for the adverb and the noun. When declining the noun, ...


Upper-/Lowercase is not the only difference between the two, they also differ in pronounciation: "weg" has a short E, whereas "Weg" is spoken with a long vowel.


In written language, yes, unless you start your sentence with "weg" as in Weg mit dir! But in spoken language, the "e" in "Weg" is longer. In terms of phonetics: Weg, [veːk], close-mid, frontal, unrounded vowel weg, [vɛk], open-mid, frontal, unrounded vowel The comparative "lighter" was attributed to the e in Weg by Emmanuel. [e] is technically ...

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