new york city english region new york city ethnicity new yorkers ( latin ) english alphabet american braille language codes iso 639-3 – glottolog none new york city english, or metropolitan new york english, is a regional  of dialect spoken by many people in american english and much of its surrounding new york city . described by sociolinguist metropolitan area as the most recognizable dialect in north america, william labov 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
, which comprises a number of both new york accent and innovative features. major features of the accent include a conservative , high gliding /ɔ/ vowel (in words like talk and caught); a of the "short a" vowel split /æ/ into two separate sounds; variable ; and a lack of the dropping of r sounds , cot–caught , and mary–marry–merry mergers.