Duane Watson


  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Group: Cognitive Science
  • Status: Beckman Part-time Faculty
  • Home: Psychology


  • 2047 Beckman Institute
  • 405 North Mathews Avenue
  • Urbana, Illinois 61801


Duane Watson received his Ph.D. from MIT. He is a professor in the University of Illinois Department of Psychology, and a part-time faculty member in the Beckman Institute Cognitive Science Group.


Watson is interested in the cognitive processes that underlie language production and comprehension. Specifically, he works on understanding how speakers use stress, pitch, and intonational boundaries to convey information to a listener.


  • 2012
    • Fraundorf, S. H.; Watson, D. G.; Benjamin, A. S., The Effects of Age on the Strategic Use of Pitch Accents in Memory for Discourse: A Processing-Resource Account. Psychology and Aging 2012, 27, (1), 88-98.

  • 2011
    • Breen, M.; Watson, D. G.; Gibson, E., Intonational Phrasing Is Constrained by Meaning, Not Balance. Language and Cognitive Processes 2011, 26, (10), 1532-1562.

    • Fraundorf, S. H.; Watson, D. G., The Disfluent Discourse: Effects of Filled Pauses on Recall. Journal of Memory and Language 2011, 65, (2), 161-175.

    • Lee, E. K.; Watson, D. G., Effects of pitch accents in attachment ambiguity resolution. Language and Cognitive Processes 2011, 26, (2), 262-297.

  • 2010
    • Wagner, M.; Watson, D. G., Experimental and theoretical advances in prosody: A review. Language and Cognitive Processes 2010, 25, (7-9), 905-945.

    • Watson, D. G., The Many Roads to Prominence: Understanding Emphasis in Conversation. In Psychology of Learning and Motivation: Advances in Research and Theory, Elsevier Academic Press Inc: San Diego, 2010; Vol. 52, pp 163-183.

    • Watson, D. G., The Many Roads to Prominence: Understanding Emphasis in Conversation. In In B. Ross (Ed.) Psychology of Learning and Motivation: Advances in Research and Theory, Elsevier: 2010; Vol. 52, pp 163-183.

    • Isaacs, A. M.; Watson, D. G., Accent detection is a slippery slope: Direction and rate of F0 change drives listeners' comprehension. Language and Cognitive Processes 2010, 25, (7-9), 1178-1200. 

    • Lam, T. Q.; Watson, D. G., Repetition is easy: Why repeated referents have reduced prominence. Memory & Cognition 2010, 38, (8), 1137-1146.

  • 2009
    • Diehl, J. J.; Watson, D. G.; Bennetto, L.; McDonough, J.; Young, E. C.; Gunlogson, C., An acoustic analysis of prosody in high-functioning autism. Applied Psycholinguistics 2009, 30, (3), 1-20.

  • 2008
    • Watson, D. G.; Arnold, J. E.; Tanenhaus, M. K., Tic Tac TOE: Effects of predictability and importance on acoustic prominence in language production. Cognition 2008, 106, (3), 1548-1557.

    • Diehl, J. J.; Bennetto, L.; Watson, D.; Gunlogson, C.; McDonough, J., Resolving ambiguity: A psycholinguistic approach to understanding prosody processing in high-functioning autism. Brain and Language 2008, 106, (2), 144-152.

    • Watson, D. G.; Tanenhaus, M. K.; Gunlogson, C. A., Interpreting Pitch Accents in Online Comprehension: H* vs. L plus H*. Cognitive Science 2008, 32, (7), 1232-1244.

    • Wonnacott, E.; Watson, D. G., Acoustic emphasis in four year olds. Cognition 2008, 107, (3), 1093-1101.

  • 2006
    • Watson, D.; Breen, M.; Gibson, E., The role of syntactic obligatoriness in the production of intonational boundaries. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Learning Memory and Cognition 2006, 32, (5), 1045-1056.

    • Watson, D.G.; Gunlogson, C. A.; Tanenhaus, M.K., Online methods for the investigation of prosody. In Methods in Empirical Prosody Research; Sudhoff, S.; Lenertova, D.; Meyer, R.; Pappert, S.; Augurzky, P.; Mleinek, I.; Richter, N.; Schlieber, J., Eds.; Walter de Gruyter: New York, 2006; pp 259-282.

  • 2004
    • Watson, D.; Gibson, E., The relationship between intonational phrasing and syntactic structure in language production. Language and Cognitive Processes 2004, 19, 713-755.

    • Watson, D.; Gibson, E., Making Sense of the Sense Unit Condition, Linguistic Inquiry 2004, 35, 508-517.


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