The extent to which familiar syntax supports short-term serial recall of visually presented six-itemsequences was shown by the superior recall of lists in which item pairs appeared in the order of “adjective–noun” (items 1–2, 3–4, 5–6)—congruent with English syntax—compared to when the order ofitems within pairs was reversed. The findings complement other evidence suggesting that short-termmemory is an assemblage of language processing and production processes more than it is a bespokeshort-term memory storage system.
Perham, N., Marsh, J. E., & Jones, D. (2009). Syntax and serial recall : How language supports short-term memory for order. THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 62(7), 1285-1293. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470210802635599