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Edna Andrews, Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Slavic Centers and Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature and Director of Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies and Director of the Program and Professor of Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sc

Edna Andrews

Edna Andrews is Professor of Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology, Nancy & Jeffrey Marcus Distinguished Professor of Slavic & Eurasian Studies, and Chair of the Linguistics Program at Duke University. She received her PhD from Indiana University and holds an honorary doctorate from St. Petersburg State University (Russia). Her books include Markedness theory: The union of asymmetry and semiosis in language (1990), About Sintetizm, Mathematics and Other Things: E.I. Zamiatin's novel WE (1994, in Russian), The Semantics of Suffixation (1996), Conversations with Lotman: Cultural semiotics in language, literature and cognition (2003), A Calculus of Meaning: Studies in Markedness, Distinctive Features and Deixis (1996, edited volume). Her newest book is Neuroscience and Multilingualism (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Recent articles in cognitive neuroscience and semiotics include "H.M's Language Skills: Clues about Language and the Medial Temporal Lobe" (2005), "Semiospheric transitions: A key to modelling translation" (2009), "Language and Brain: Recasting Meaning in the Definition of Human Language" (2011). Professor Andrews is the guest editor for a special issue devoted to brain and language of the journal Brain Sciences (2013). Her current research includes an extensive longitudinal fMRI study of second language acquisition and multilingualism. The first paper published from this study appeared in Brain Sciences 2013, 3(2), 849-876 (Multilingualism and fMRI: A Longitudinal Study of Second Language Acquisition. Co-authored with C. Casabo-Voyvodic, J. Voyvodic and J. Wright.) Professor Andrews was awarded the University Scholar/Teacher award on September 26, 2013 by the President of Duke University, Richard Brodhead.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  321B Languages Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3142
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2019):

    Languages 320, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as NEUROSCI 116FS.01, RUSSIAN 216FS.01)
  • RUSSIAN 399.01, GLOBAL RUSSIA Synopsis
    Languages 320, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    (also cross-listed as CULANTH 399.01, ICS 399.01, PUBPOL 223.01)
    Languages 320, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as NEUROSCI 510.01, PSY 575.01)

Ph.D.Indiana University at Bloomington1984
PhD HonoraryLeningrad (now St. Petersburg) State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia1991
MAIndiana University/Bloomington1980
BSUniversity of Alabama1979

Research Interests: Cognitive and Neurolinguistics, Slavic and General Linguistics, Russia (Language & Culture), Language & Memory, Semiotics

Areas of Interest:

Neurolinguistics and general linguistics
Semiotics of culture


Language • Neurolinguistics

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Andrews, E, The importance of Lotmanian semiotics to sign theory and the cognitive neurosciences, Sign Systems Studies, vol. 43 no. 2-3 (January, 2015), pp. 347-364, University of Tartu Press [doi]  [abs]
  2. Andrews, E, Neuroscience and multilingualism (January, 2014), pp. 1-254, ISBN 9781107036550  [abs]
  3. Thompson, RJ; Walther, I; Tufts, C; Lee, KC; Paredes, L; Fellin, L; Andrews, E; Serra, M; Hill, JL; Tate, EB; Schlosberg, L, Development and Assessment of the Effectiveness of an Undergraduate General Education Foreign Language Requirement, Foreign Language Annals, vol. 47 no. 4 (January, 2014), pp. 653-668, WILEY [doi]  [abs]
  4. Andrews, E; Frigau, L; Voyvodic-Casabo, C; Voyvodic, J; Wright, J, Multilingualism and fMRI: Longitudinal Study of Second Language Acquisition., Brain Sciences, vol. 3 no. 2 (January, 2013), pp. 849-876 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Andrews, E, Markedness, in The Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect (September, 2012), Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780195381979 [doi]  [abs]

Languages: Russian, Croatian, Polish, Modern Greek Reading Knowledge: German, French, Czech, Slovak, Ukranian, Belorussian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Old Church Slavonic Other Languages Studied: Yiddish, Chinese, Spanish, Georgian Computer Languages/Codes: Pascal, Basic, Fortran, HTML, Java (beginning level)

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