Pronunciation of unstressed -ge
Is e in unstressed -ge (such as in säge, dagen) pronounced as [ɛ], [e] or [ə]? Is the g sound before it pronounced as [g] or as [j]?
It can be [ɛ] or [ə], commonly the latter when unemphasized. <g> is only [j] before certain vowels at the beginning of words, thus dagen [ˈdɒ:gən]. <säger> is an exception to the rule (ie the entire word is an exception), in that its <g> is always pronounced as [j], and informally this word can also be spelled <säjer>, which is much more consistent with the rules.