- Head of program area "Oral Corpora"
- Head of the project "Korpustechnologie für Mündliche Korpora"
- Researcher in the sub-project "Definitions in interaction" which is part of the project "Constitution of meaning in social interaction (interactional semantics)"
- 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 (2020): How do speakers define the meaning of expressions? The case of German x heißt y ("x means y"). In: Discourse Processes 57(3), pp. 278-299.
- Helmer, Henrike / Zinken, Jörg (2019): Das Heißt ("That Means") for Formulations and Du Meinst ("You Mean") for Repair? Interpretations of Prior Speakers' Turns in German. In: Research on Language and Social Interaction 52(2): 159-176.
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