How does a New Yawker tawk?

How do you combine linguistics, the movies, New York, and politics? Just check out this fascinating article from the New York Times!

The article includes several great clips with audio and video from a wide range of New Yorkers. I wish I could copy-paste one of them, but they’ve got it set up so I can’t do it. Go to the original article, and don’t miss it!
But they should have interviewed William Labov, the founder of sociolinguistics, if he isn’t too old to be interviewed at this point. He made a big impact on me as an undergraduate; the relevance here is his early work on New York city accents and how they relate to both socioeconomic class and geography.

Categories: Linguistics