Helene Killmer-Rumpf

Doctoral Research Fellow - Linguistics
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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Henrik Wergelands hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1102 Blindern 0317 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

My background

I grew up in Germany. After I studied Speech Therapy, Linguistics and Speech and Language Pathology in the Netherlands and in South Africa, I have been working as speech therapist, lecturer and research assistant in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. In my spare time, I get energized by doing Pilates and swimming. In order to relax, I enjoy reading modern and classical literature and doing Feldenkrais. Cultural activities (e.g. theatre plays and museums) are important sources of inspiration for me.

As a speech therapist, improving communication is among the most important goals of my research. Therefore, my research has a strong focus on the communicative abilities and disabilities of persons with aphasia. Aphasia is an acquired communication disability, often caused by a stroke, which affects the production and comprehension of language and the ability to read or write. It affects functioning in everyday life and thus influences social inclusion and wellbeing.

Project description

With my PhD project, I aim to gain a better understanding of the interactive organization of

Participation in conversations by persons with aphasia.

I use conversation analysis to investigate how communication difficulties affect everyday activities of people with aphasia. My aim is not only to describe challenges, but also to point out opportunities for improved participation in family life for people with aphasia. I focus on activities such as telling stories, planning activities, in addition to interactions between parents with aphasia and their children.

Prof. Dr. Jan Svennevig  (University of Oslo) and Dr. Suzanne Beeke (University College London) supervise my project.

Teaching

Speech therapy for persons with a developmental disability (lecture series fall 2010 and fall 2012)

Speech therapy and bilingualism (lecture series spring 2011 and spring 2012)

Collaborations

COPACA - Communicatie en participatie bij chronische afasie

MemoGram - Grammar and memory: evidence from agrammatic aphasia and probable Alzheimer's disease in German, Italian and Greek

LOLA – the Laboratory for Oral Language Acquisition

Tags: Aphasia, Conversation Analysis, Psycholinguistics, Language impairment, Clinical Linguistics

Publications

  • Killmer, Helene; Svennevig, Jan & Beeke, Suzanne (2021). Joint planning in conversations with a person with aphasia . Journal of Pragmatics. ISSN 0378-2166. 187(1), p. 72–89. doi: 10.1016/j.pragma.2021.10.021. Full text in Research Archive
  • Killmer, Helene; Beeke, Suzanne & Svennevig, Jan (2021). Collaborative storytelling with a person with aphasia: Promoting agency in a multiparty interaction. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders. ISSN 2040-5111. 11(1), p. 78–104. doi: 10.1558/jircd.20902. Full text in Research Archive
  • Noiray, Aude; Popescu, Anisia; Killmer, Helene; Rubertus, Elina; Krüger, Stella & Hintermeier, Lisa (2019). Spoken Language Development and the Challenge of Skill Integration. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078. 10. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02777. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Killmer, Helene (2022). Anmodninger av foreldre med afasi – muligheter og begrensninger.
  • Killmer, Helene; Svennevig, Jan & Beeke, Suzanne (2021). Agency in Collaborative Storytelling - reflecting Competence in Aphasia.
  • Fyndanis, Valantis; Capasso, Rita; Killmer, Helene; Malefaki, Sonia; Miceli, Gabriele & Grohmann, Kleanthes (2020). Sentential negation in German and Italian agrammatic aphasia.
  • Killmer, Helene; Svennevig, Jan & Beeke, Suzanne (2019). Joint planning talk.
  • Killmer, Helene; Svennevig, Jan & Beeke, Suzanne (2019). Joint planning talk in conversations of persons with aphasia .
  • Killmer, Helene (2017). Repetition as a resource in conversations of a person with aphasia.
  • Killmer, Helene (2017). Repetition as a resource in conversations of a person with aphasia.
  • Killmer, Helene (2017). Collaborative storytelling in conversations of persons with aphasia.
  • Varlokosta, Spyridoula; Efstratiadou, Eva; Wartenburger, Isabell; Burchert, Frank; Killmer, Helene & Chatziantoniou, Lina [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2017). Morphosyntactic production in Greek-German bilingual agrammatic aphasia: A case study.
  • Fyndanis, Valantis; Miceli, Gabriele; Semenza, Carlo; Capasso, Rita; Christidou, Paraskevi & De Pellegrin, Serena [Show all 14 contributors for this article] (2017). (Morpho)syntactic production in agrammatic aphasia: Testing three hypotheses within a cross-linguistic approach.
  • Killmer, Helene (2016). The role of repetition in conversation of persons with aphasia.
  • Fyndanis, Valantis; Miceli, Gabriele; Semenza, Carlo; Christidou, Paraskevi; Killmer, Helene & Capasso, Rita [Show all 16 contributors for this article] (2016). Time reference in Greek, Italian and German agrammatic aphasia: A test of the PAst DIscource Linking Hypothesis.
  • Fyndanis, Valantis; Arcara, Giorgio; Arfani, Dimitra; Burchert, Frank; Burgio, Francesca & Cagnin, Annachiara [Show all 22 contributors for this article] (2016). Time reference in agrammatic aphasia and probable Alzheimer’s disease: A cross-linguistic test of the PAst DIscourse Linking Hypothesis.
  • Fyndanis, Valantis; Arcara, Giorgio; Arfani, Dimitra; Burchert, Frank; Burgio, Francesca & Cagnin, Annachiara [Show all 22 contributors for this article] (2016). Time reference in agrammatic aphasia and probable Alzheimer’s disease: A cross-linguistic test of the PAst DIscourse LInking Hypothesis. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078. doi: 10.3389/conf.fpsyg.2016.68.00097.
  • Killmer, Helene; Frankel, Tali & Penn, Claire (2015). A study of repetition in the conversation of persons with aphasia.

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