NY accent is dying out?

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Jan 22 21:53:40 UTC 2012

On Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM, Dan Goodman wrote:
> On 01/22/2012 01:10 PM, Paul Johnston wrote:
> >
> > When journalists say such-and-such a dialect is dying out, usually it
> > seems to me that what they're saying is that some (often unspecified)
> > features are receding, but the features that are retained are
> > ignored.  Sure, there are recessive features (the famous [@i] for
> > bird, third, church for one--and does anyone know who, if anyone,
> > uses it among the generation born about 1980 or so?).  Rhoticity is
> > becoming more common.  But last time I was in NYC (2009), you still
> > heard people, even young ones, asking for a cup of [kU at fi~ko at fi).
> When was it that the New York Times ran an article about NYC's dialect
> dying out?  I believe it got some notice on this mailing list.

Well, there was an article in amNewYork/Newsday in 2008:


And the NYT City Room blog followed up:



Ben Zimmer

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