Edna Andrews

Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

External address: 
321B Languages Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90259, Durham, NC 27708-0259
Phone: 
(919) 660-3142
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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.

Education

  • Ph.D., Indiana University at Bloomington 1984

Andrews, E. Markedness theory: The union of asymmetry and semiosis in language. Durham, NC: Duke Univeristy Press, 1990.

Andrews, E, McLaws, G, and Rogers, A. A handbook of Russian verbal prefixes. Bloomington: Physsardt, 1983.

Pages

Andrews, E, and Maksimova, E. "Semiospheric Transitions: A Key to Modelling Translation." (2008).

Skotko, BG, Andrews, E, and Einstein, G. "Language and the medial temporal lobe: Evidence from HM's spontaneous discourse." JOURNAL OF MEMORY AND LANGUAGE 53.3 (September 2005): 397-415. Full Text

Andrews, E, and Skotko, B. "H.M.’s Language Skills: Clues About Language and the Medial Temporal Lobe." Journal of Memory and Language (2005). (Academic Article)

Andrews, E. "Neurolinguistic perspectives on Second Language Acquisition." Language (Journal of the Linguistic Society of America) (2005). (Academic Article)

Andrews, E. "Medial Temporal Lobes and Languages: The Case of HM." Journal of Memory and Language (2005). (Academic Article)

Andrews, E. "Redefining textual boundaries: Torop and the Tartu school of semiotics." Semiotica 144 (December 1, 2003): 377-380. (Review) Full Text

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