However, the "Northeast" designation, lumping Jersey, New York, CT, and RI together, makes no sense whatsoever. RI is more like Bostonian while CT doesn't have a dialect of its own. (Just as half of it is one, big Boston suburb and roots for the Sox while the other half is one, big NYC suburb and roots for the Yanks.) Jersey is similarly split with north (NYC) and south (Philly). Some dialectologists (including me - I have a post-grad degree in linguistics) find the South Jersey/Philly dialect more similar to southern dialects (like DelMarVa, for instance) than to northeast dialects. New York itself can be split into at least two dialect groups: Upstate (akin to the Great Lakes dialects - Cleveland, Chicago, Wisconsin, and Minnesota) and NYC/LI.
Anyone out there pronounce "reverse" with the accent on the initial syllable as JMS does in Wanted to Be Wrong?
I'd take exception with a few groupings here...Northern Jersey isn't terribly similar to some of the NYC accents (though it seems each borough and Long Island have their own), and Upstate New York isn't really similar to the Wisconsin/Minnesota...this I know because I work in between people from Wasau, WI and Syracuse, NY and they've got little crossover.