Dr. Henrike Helmer



  • 2006-2011: Studies in German Philology, Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Heidelberg
  • since June 2011: Researcher in the pragmatics department at the IDS
  • February-July 2013: Visiting researcher in Trento, Italy
  • December 2014: PhD at the University of Mannheim (thesis: "Analepses in interaction. Semantic and sequential features of topic drop in spoken German")
  • since April 2017 Board Member of the German Society for Discourse and Conversation Analysis (Verein für Gesprächsforschung e.V.); April 2017-March 2021 Treasurer for the Society
  • October 2017-October 2018 participant in the Leibniz Mentoring Programme
  • since December 2018 Member of the editorial board of the online-journal on conversation and discourse analysis "Gesprächsforschung Online"

Areas of Research:

  • Interactional Linguistics
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Interactive Constitution of Meaning
  • Advances in Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in CA und IL
  • Construction Grammar
  • Political Communication

Recent English Publications:

  • Helmer, Henrike (2021): "Can I infer from this…": Interpretation Practices in a Publicly Televised Mediation. Journal of Pragmatics 178, pp. 127-145.
  • Helmer, Henrike / Betz, Emma / Deppermann, Arnulf (2021): Coordination of OKAY, nods, and gaze in claiming understanding and closing topics. In: Emma Betz / Arnulf Deppermann / Lorenza Mondada / Marja-Leena Sorjonen (Hrsg.): OKAY across Languages: Toward a comparative approach to its use in talk-in-interaction. John Benjamins: 364-393. (=Studies in Language and Social Interaction 34)
  • Helmer, Henrike (2021): Humorous or occasioned instructions: Learning the "shoulder check" in theoretical and practical driving lessons. International Journal of Applied Linguistics 31(1), 109-131. PDF
  • Helmer, Henrike / Reineke, Silke / Deppermann, Arnulf (2016): A range of uses of negative epistemic constructions in German: ich weiß nicht as a resource for dispreferred actions. In: Journal of Pragmatics 106, pp. 97-114. PDF

For a list of recent German publications, see the German page


Dr. Henrike Helmer

Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache
R 5, 6-13, Büro 3.07
D-68161 Mannheim


Tel.: +49 621 / 1581 – 447
Fax: +49 621 / 1581 – 200