New York Accents

We’ll take a look at accents unique to the New York metro area, and explore how they developed and why some of them may be changing or disappearing altogether with Kara Becker, assistant professor of linguistics at Reed College. Plus, we’ll take your calls.

The phrase "Bother, father bought hot coffee at the car park!" is used by linguists to elicit dialect. We asked people from all over the New York metro area to read the phrase out loud. Hear the results below:

Melanie from New Jersey:

Fred from Long Island:

Alex from Brooklyn:

Sammy from Queens:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Can you guess which borough the New Yorker in our mystery clip (below) is from?

Post your guess in the comments section!

The identiy of our mystery New Yorker: