Prof. Dr. Helen Engemann

Prof. Dr. Helen Engemann
Junior Professor
University of Mannheim
Schloss – Room EW 275
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
By appointment

Helen Engemann is Junior Professor of Multilingualism in the Department of English. She studied Classics, French and General Linguistics at the Universities of Oxford (BA Hons & MA), Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris and Cambridge (MPhil). She completed her PhD from the University of Cambridge (2012) on the topic of bilingual first language acquisition in English-French speaking children. From 2012 to 2017 she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the CNRS Paris, the Free University of Bolzano and the Goethe University Frankfurt in the fields of psycholinguistics, language acquisition and multilingualism.

Her research interests centre around the processes of multilingual language acquisition across various ages and contexts. She investigates language acquisition from both a psycholinguistic and cognitive linguistic perspective. She is especially interested in language contact phenomena, the factors behind their occurrence and the implications for language change.

Helen Engemann teaches first and second language acquisition, multilingualism, psycholinguistics, research methods, as well as foundation topics in General Linguistics.



  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS)
  • The European Second Language Association (EUROSLA)
  • International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL)