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
(919) 660-3142

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.


  • Ph.D., Indiana University at Bloomington 1984

Andrews, E. Neuroscience and multilingualism. January 1, 2014.

Andrews, E, and Dickey, S. Slavic Linguistics: In Honor of Ronald Feldstein. 2011.

Andrews, E, and Maksimova, E. Russian Translation: Theory and Practice (2 volumes). Routledge Publishers, 2010.

Andrews, E. Slavic Linguistics 2K: A Retrospective Volume. Ed. E Andrews, S Franks, R Feldstein, and F G. Slavika Publishers, 2006.

Andrews, E. Russian: A Grammar of Contemporary Russian. Lincom Europa, Munchen, 2001.

Andrews, E, Averyanova, G, and Pyadusova, G. Russian Verb: Forms and Functions. Russkij jazyk: Moscow, 1997.

Andrews, E. The semantics of suffixation in Russian. Munchen, Germany: Lincom Europa, 1996.


Andrews, E. "Markedness." The Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect. September 18, 2012. Full Text

Andrews, E. "The importance of Lotmanian semiotics to sign theory and the cognitive neurosciences." Sign Systems Studies 43.2/3 (December 1, 2015): 347-347. Full Text

Thompson, RJ, Walther, I, Tufts, C, Lee, KC, Paredes, L, Fellin, L, Andrews, E, Serra, M, Hill, JL, Tate, EB, and Schlosberg, L. "Development and Assessment of the Effectiveness of an Undergraduate General Education Foreign Language Requirement." Foreign Language Annals 47.4 (December 2014): 653-668. Full Text

Andrews, E, Frigau, L, Voyvodic-Casabo, C, Voyvodic, J, and Wright, J. "Multilingualism and fMRI: Longitudinal Study of Second Language Acquisition." Brain sciences 3.2 (January 2013): 849-876. Full Text

Andrews, E, Bae, C, Davis, N, Kang, P, Mehta, N, and Hausburg, T. "Speech and Sung Phoneme Perception." (2011). (Academic Article)

Andrews, E. "Series of articles on semiotic topics." Ed. P Cobley. (2009).


Andrews, E, and Maksimova, EA. "Russian translation: Theory and practice." Russian Translation: Theory and Practice (August 4, 2009): 1-187. Full Text