Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology
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.
Dept. of Ed. LRC Grant awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2022
Research and Writing on Russia awarded by Carnegie Corporation of New York (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020
2014-2018 LRC Proposal awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2019
Research and Writing on Russia awarded by Carnegie Corporation of New York (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017
Language Resource Centers awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2015
Slavic & Eurasian Language Resource Center NRC awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2014
National Resource Center awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2011
National Resource Centers awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2010
National Resource Center/Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2007
Slavic & East European Language Resource Center awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2007
Andrews, E. Neuroscience and multilingualism. 2014, pp. 1–254.
Andrews, E., and S. Dickey. Slavic Linguistics: In Honor of Ronald Feldstein. 2011.
Andrews, E., and E. Maksimova. Russian Translation: Theory and Practice (2 volumes). Vol. Two volumes, Routledge Publishers, 2010.
Andrews, E. Slavic Linguistics 2K: A Retrospective Volume. Edited by E. Andrews et al., Slavika Publishers, 2006.
Andrews, E. Conversations with lotman: Cultural semiotics in language, literature, and cognition. 2003, pp. 1–204.
Andrews, E. Contemporary Russian Studies: Language, Culture, Text. GLOSSOS, 2002, pp. 200pp.;edited-200pp.;edited.
Andrews, E. Russian: A Grammar of Contemporary Russian. Lincom Europa, Munchen, 2001.
Andrews, E., et al. Russian Verb: Forms and Functions. Russkij jazyk: Moscow, 1997.
Andrews, E. The semantics of suffixation in Russian. Munchen, Germany: Lincom Europa, 1996.
Benjamins, John. A Calculus of Meaning: Studies in Markedness, Distinctive Features and Deixis. Edited by E. Andrews and Y. Tobin, 1996, pp. 432pp.;edited-432pp.;edited.
Andrews, E. “The importance of Lotmanian semiotics to sign theory and the cognitive neurosciences.” Sign Systems Studies, vol. 43, no. 2–3, Jan. 2015, pp. 347–64. Scopus, doi:10.12697/SSS.2015.43.2-3.10. Full Text
Thompson, R. J., et al. “Development and Assessment of the Effectiveness of an Undergraduate General Education Foreign Language Requirement.” Foreign Language Annals, vol. 47, no. 4, Jan. 2014, pp. 653–68. Scopus, doi:10.1111/flan.12112. Full Text
Andrews, Edna, et al. “Multilingualism and fMRI: Longitudinal Study of Second Language Acquisition.” Brain Sci, vol. 3, no. 2, May 2013, pp. 849–76. Pubmed, doi:10.3390/brainsci3020849. Full Text
Andrews, E. “Language and brain: Recasting meaning in the definition of human language.” Semiotica, vol. 2011, no. 184, Apr. 2011, pp. 11–32. Scopus, doi:10.1515/semi.2011.020. Full Text
Andrews, E., et al. Speech and Sung Phoneme Perception. 2011.
Andrews, E. Markedness Theory: Tense and Aspect in the Russian Verb. Edited by Robert Binnick, Oxford University Press, 2010.
Andrews, E. Series of articles on semiotic topics. Edited by Paul Cobley, London: Routledge Publishers, 2009.
Andrews, E. Redefining Discontinuity in Cultural Space: Principles of Semiospheric Explosion. Mouton de Gruyter, 2009.
Andrews, E. Lotman and the Cognitive Sciences: The Role of Autocommunication in the Language of Memory. Unviersity of Konstanz, Germany, 2009.
Andrews, E. “The Semiotics of Jurij Lotman.”. The Literary Dictionary Company Limited, 2008.
V. Conferences and Invited Lectures A. Conferences organized: 1. JULY 2009: We won a bid from the U.S. Department of Defense to host their LEARN conference, devoted to Russian language and linguistics. I was one of the keynote speakers. Other partic...