(MODELING) Semiotic Modeling
Myrdene Anderson: (13 august 1934), anthropologist, linguist, and semiotician, received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University in 1978. Her work on Saami (Lappish) ethnosemantics that commenced in 1971 continues today, joined by other projects involving both fieldwork and archival investigations. These other projects include the study of real and metaphoric trash (Refiguring Debris-Becoming Unbecoming, Unbecoming Becoming, a special issue of The American Journal of Semiotics 11.1-2, 1994, coedited by Myrdene Anderson and Walter Randolph Adams); an ongoing ethnography of the artificial life movement, a nascent scientific community ("The conduct of artificial life: A quest for artificial death?", pp. 195-209 in On Semiotic Modeling, coedited by Myrdene Anderson and Floyd Merrell, Berlin: Mouton, 1991); research on alternative gardening practices ("Noxious weeds, noxious folks", pp. 186-191 in People and Plant Interactions in Urban Areas; College Station: Texas A&M, 1997); and work on play and folklore ("Meaning of play as human experience", pp. 103-108 in Play from Birth to Twelve; New York: Garland, 1998; and "Folklore, folklife, and other bootstrapping traditions", pp. 29-39 in High-Fives: A Trip to Semiotics; New York: Peter Lang, 1998). Anderson is past president of the Central States Anthropological Society and also of the Semiotic Society of America. She is Associate Professor of Anthropology and of Linguistics at Purdue University.