The current study investigated native English and native Arabic speakers’ phonological short term memory (PSTM) for sequences of consonants and vowels. PSTM was assessed in immediate serial recall tasks conducted in Arabic and English for both groups. Participants (n=39) heard series of 6 CV syllables and wrote down what they recalled. Native speakers of English recalled the vowel series better than consonant series in English and in Arabic, which was not true of native Arabic speakers. An analysis of variance showed that there was an interaction between first language (L1) and phoneme type. The results are discussed in light of current research on consonant and vowel processing.

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Kissling, Elizabeth M. "Cross Linguistic Differences in the Immediate Serial Recall of Consonants versus Vowels." Applied Psycholinguistics 33, no. 3 (2011): 605-21. doi: