New York City English

  • new york city english
    regionnew york city
    ethnicitynew yorkers
    language family
    indo-european
    • germanic
      • west germanic
        • ingvaeonic
          • anglo–frisian
            • english
              • north american english
                • american english
                  • new york city english
    writing system
    • latin (english alphabet)
    • american braille
    language codes
    iso 639-3
    glottolognone
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    new york city english, or metropolitan new york english,[1] is a regional dialect of american english spoken by many people in new york city and much of its surrounding metropolitan area. described by sociolinguist william labov as the most recognizable dialect in north america,[2] the dialect is known through its association in the media with many public figures and fictional characters. its features are most densely concentrated in new york city proper and its immediate suburbs (whose residents often commute to new york city), but they also extend somewhat to the wider metropolitan area and the new york city diaspora in other regions.

    the dialect is widely known for its pronunciation system, the new york accent, which comprises a number of both conservative and innovative features. major features of the accent include a high, gliding /ɔ/ vowel (in words like talk and caught); a split of the "short a" vowel /æ/ into two separate sounds; variable dropping of r sounds; and a lack of the cot–caught, mary–marry–merry, and hurry–furry mergers.

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New York City English
RegionNew York City
EthnicityNew Yorkers
Language codes
ISO 639-3
GlottologNone
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New York City English, or Metropolitan New York English,[1] is a regional dialect of American English spoken by many people in New York City and much of its surrounding metropolitan area. Described by sociolinguist William Labov as the most recognizable dialect in North America,[2] the dialect is known through its association in the media with many public figures and fictional characters. Its features are most densely concentrated in New York City proper and its immediate suburbs (whose residents often commute to New York City), but they also extend somewhat to the wider metropolitan area and the New York City diaspora in other regions.

The dialect is widely known for its pronunciation system, the New York accent, which comprises a number of both conservative and innovative features. Major features of the accent include a high, gliding /ɔ/ vowel (in words like talk and caught); a split of the "short a" vowel /æ/ into two separate sounds; variable dropping of r sounds; and a lack of the cot–caught, Mary–marry–merry, and hurry–furry mergers.