CUNY researchers seek to create first database of New York City English – New York Daily News

Several linguistic patterns jumped out from the resulting conversations. Across all areas and social and ethnic groups, New Yorkers with strong accents dropped their Rs, creating the famous New Yawk sound and have a more nasally pronunciation of the “a” in words like “bag” and “ask.” They also put a trademark spin on the first vowel in words like coffee, making it cawfee.