Edna Andrews

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. Seeing is believing: Categories of visual perception in Russian. Edited by E. Contini-Moraga and R Sussman Goldberg, Mouton De Gruyter, 1995, pp. 361–80.

Andrews, E. “Adult speaker and child addressee: Usage and perception of Russian diminutives.” Russian Language Journal, vol. XLIX, 1995.

Andrews, E. The interface of iconicity and interpretants. Vol. 2, 1994, pp. 9–28.

Andrews, E. “The Port-Royal Grammar.” Secol Review, 1994.

Andrews, E. Markedness theory: An explication of its theoretical basis and applicability in semantic analysis. Edited by C. Gribble et al., Columbus, OH: Slavica Publishers, 1994.

Andrews, E., et al. “Gender signalling in Russian: A contrastive analysis of native speakers and artificial neural networks.” Language Quarterly, vol. 31, 1993, pp. 1–40.

Andrews, E. “’Vzaimosvjaz’ tvorcestva Bulgakova i Zamjatina.” Vestnik Spbu, Jan. 1992.

Andrews, E. “Contemporary Morphology.” Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 1992.