Does the particle ne in "In meinem Keller liegt ne Leiche" mean something or is it just an empty word for the poetic reasons (I've heard this line in the song)?

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In this case 'ne is short for eine, i.e. the indefinite article.

  • Oooh, beautiful. Das macht Sinn.
    – optim1st
    Jan 27, 2015 at 15:38
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    "ne Leiche" is spelled with apostrophe ('ne Leiche) to show that a syllable was dropped. It is spoken language only.
    – rogermue
    Jan 27, 2015 at 17:07
  • @rogermue Are there other colloquial shortening for the German articles?
    – optim1st
    Jan 29, 2015 at 15:45
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    In spoken language influenced by dialect das can become des, and ein can become ä (a weak e as English a).
    – rogermue
    Jan 29, 2015 at 15:59
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    If you leave out various dialect pronunciations, I can only think of ein => 'n and das = 's.
    – Ingmar
    Jan 29, 2015 at 16:12

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