Julia Watson

About Me

I'm Julia Watson (she/her), a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Toronto. My background is in linguistics and computer science, and my research integrates ideas from these fields. Most recently, my research focuses on formalizing how language communicates social meaning, paving the way for more equitable and socially intelligent technology.



Watson, J., Barend, B., & Stevenson, S. (2023) What social attitudes about gender does BERT encode? Leveraging insights from psycholinguistics. In Proceedings of the 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

Watson, J., Walker, S., Stevenson, S.,  Beekhuizen, B. (2023) Communicative need shapes choices to use gendered vs. gender-neutral kinship terms across online communities. In CogSci.


Watson, J., Kapron-King, A., Aggarwal., J., Beekhuizen, B., Heller, D., & Stevenson, S. (2021) Come Together: Integrating Perspective Taking and Perspectival Expressions. In CogSci.

Watson, J., Samir, F., Stevenson, S., Beekhuizen, B. (2021) Coin it up: Generalization of creative constructions in the wild. In CogSci.


Watson, J., Beekhuizen, B., & Stevenson, S. (2020). Coloring Outside the Lines: Error Patterns in Children's Acquisition of Color Terms. In CogSci.


Rabinovich, E., Watson, J., Beekhuizen, B., & Stevenson, S. (2019) Say Anything: Automatic Semantic Infelicity Detection in L2 English Indefinite Pronouns. In CoNLL.

Watson, J., Beekhuizen, B., & Stevenson, S. (2019) Identifying the Evolutionary Progression of Color from Crosslinguistic Data. In CogSci.


Beekhuizen, B., Watson, J., & Stevenson, S. (2017). Semantic Typology and Parallel Corpora: Something about Indefinite Pronouns. In CogSci.