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Edna Andrews, Ph.D.

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Phone: 919-660-3142

321B Languages Bldg
Durham, NC 27708

Email: eda AT duke DOT edu

Professor and Director

Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies and the Slavic and East European Language Research Center

Linguistics & Cultural Anthropology, Arts & Sciences

Research Description

I carry out fMRI studies on multilingualism, speech perception studies, and studies of the perception of spoken and sung phonemes across languages.


Ph.D., Honorary Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) State University, 1991

Ph.D., Indiana University, Slavic Linguistics, 1984

M.A., Indiana University, Slavic Linguistics, 1980

B.S., University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), Mathematics, minor in Russian, 1979


Nancy & Jeffrey Marcus Distinguished Professor of Slavic & Eurasian Studies

University Scholar/Teacher Award of 2013, Duke

Recent Publications

“Neuroscience and Multilingualism.” Cambridge University Press 2013.

“Multilingualism and fMRI: Longitudinal Study of Second Language Acquisition.” co-authored with L. Frigau, C. Voyvodic-Casabo, J. Voyvodic, and J. Wright. Brain Sciences 2013, 3(2), pp. 849-876.

“Language and Brain: Recasting Meaning in the Definition of Human Language.” Semiotica 2011, Issue 184-1/4, pp. 11-32.

“Second language teaching: A view from the right side of the brain (review).” Language 2007, vol. 83, No. 2, pp. 430-431.

“Cross-cultural linguistic realizations of conceptualizations of anger: Revisiting cognitive and pragmatic paradigms.” In “Contemporary issues in Slavic and Eastern European studies, with Tina Krennmayr. September, Glossos , 2007, No. 9.

“H.M/s Language Skills: Clues About Language and the Medial Temporal Lobe.” co-authored with B. Skotko and G. Einstein. Journal of Memory and Language 2005, 53, pp. 397-415.

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Language and the brain
  • Speech perception
  • Multilingualism