The effect of marked topic on memory in Hebrew and English

Hadar Netz, Ron Kuzar

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This study examines and compares the effect of marked sentence structure on cognition and memory in English and Hebrew. It has been shown elsewhere that marked topic constructions in English have a significant effect on memory. Now, since Hebrew, like English, is an SV(O) (Subject-Verb-Object) language, the cognitive effect of marking the topic in Hebrew could be expected to be similar to the effect witnessed in English. However, the study presents data which attest unequivocally to the prevalence of marked topic constructions in Hebrew in comparison to English. In addition, through psycholinguistic experimentation, it is shown that in Hebrew deviations from the SV(O) structure are not as prominently marked as they are in English.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-283
Number of pages17
JournalLanguages in Contrast
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors humbly thank NDDB management and Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, GoI, for funding and supporting liberally for this project. The efforts and cooperation extended by the Field staff and officials of Sabarmati Ashram Gaushala, Gir PT project for collection of accurate phenotype data and samples for the present study is highly appreciable. The authors also acknowledge the services extended by the staff of Genomics lab, NDDB for accurate genotyping of the samples.


  • English/hebrew
  • Marked topic
  • Memory
  • Topicalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language


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