The New York accent is very much alive, linguists will happily tell you, but like all dialects -- and that's what our accent is -- it's changing. To be sure, it's been a long time since anyone called a toilet a "terlet." But many of us still drink "cawfee" and call our "fathas" on Father's Day. What's also true is that fewer of us, especially younger New Yorkers, are speaking this way in our increasingly mobile and diverse city. That said, you'd be mistaken to conclude that means New York talk is going the way of the Third Avenue El.
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