ARTS & CULTURE
05/08/2011 03:44 am ET | Updated Jul 06, 2011

Heather Quinlan's 'If These Knishes Could Talk: A Film About The New York Accent' Trailer (VIDEO)

With Manhattan property getting more and more expensive and funneling old families to the outer boroughs, New York City is losing its accents. "If These Knishes Could Talk," a short documentary that director Heather Quinlan hopes to expand, takes on this issue, documenting the hallmarks and peculiarities of the accents along the way. It will be a sad day indeed when more people refer to "33rd Street and Third Avenue" than to "Toidy-Toid and Toid," but Quinlan makes sure that some of the more unusual linguistic relics will survive; there's a Korean from Staten Island who says "Oriental" with a mobster's twang and a deaf man who insists that New Yorkers even communicate differently in sign language. Quinlan hopes to raise $20,000 to continue production on a longer version of the documentary, and a donation would represent support not just for the film, but also for the socio-linguistic archive from which her work will be built.

(Via Laughing Squid.)