“Welcome to Coffee Talk,” Myers said at the beginning of his Saturday Night Live sketch, twisting the vowels with an exaggerated New York accent.

This unique accent — which has set New Yorkers apart for decades — may now be disappearing among some of Gotham’s natives, according to a Jan. 9 presentation at the Linguistic Society of America in Baltimore…

Older residents like Michael, born in 1933, still sound like New Yorkers when describing their mother’s “sauce.” But younger residents of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, like 25-year-old Sam, did not pronounce “talk” and “cause” like their older neighbors, even though their families have lived in the neighborhood for several generations.