Vivienne’s research interests fall into two main areas of psycholinguistics and second language acquisition:
Firstly, she is interested in the link between learning vocabulary as a driver for the acquisition of syntactic features.
Secondly, the role of language learning aptitude and working memory in instructed second language acquisition. To this end, she has been working on the development of the LLAMA aptitude tests with Prof Paul Meara (lognostics.co.uk).
As a former French and German school teacher, Vivienne is also keen to develop her research in terms of practical implications for language teaching pedagogy.