Vivian Cook Perugia     Vivian Cook

Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics, Newcastle University; Visiting professor, University of York.

Chiefly known for L2 learning research, in particular multi-competence, for a book on Universal Grammar, and for popular books on spelling and words.

Founder and first President of EUROSLA; EUROSLA Distinguished Scholar 2014.



Writing System Web  

Second Language Web

Words and Word test Web

Spelling tests

Punctuation Web

On-line papers etc (old and new) 

The Language of the Street

Spelling humour 

Short texts on Words

Novel spelling

Short texts on spelling


Support materials for Second Language Learning and Language Teaching (Book)

Punctuation Web


Newcastle Quiz 

YouTube videos (itsallinaword)

Tips for typing in Word

Publications List  

Words matter (audio lecture)

Wiki entry 


Languages list   (Romanian version(Slovakian version)  (Polish version)

Linguistics Glossary  

Word Games 

Spelling Games 

SLABIB (Second Language Acquisition bibliography, now at Columbia)

Starting Applied Linguistics Research

Recent books
(2009) with Li Wei (eds), Contemporary Applied Linguistics Vol. 1, Continuum
(2009) It's All in a Word, Profile Youtube extract; Youtube structure words
(2011) with B. Bassetti (eds.), Language and Bilingual Cognition, Psychology Press
(2014) (with David Singleton), Key Topics in Second Language Acquisition, Multilingual Matters

(ed. with Li Wei), Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Multi-competence
(ed. with Des Ryan), Routledge Handbook of the English Writing System