Dato Abashidze, PhD
Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow, Concordia University
Dato Abashidze earned his PhD in 2016 in Psycholinguistics at the CITEC/Department of linguistic, Bielefeld University, under the mentorship of Prof. Dr. Pia Knoeferle. He received his Masters degrees in linguistics (communication, cognition, language technology) from Bielefeld University in 2011. During his graduate studies, he spent some time as a Visiting Scholar at the Stem Cell and Brain Research Institut, Lyon, France, under the supervision of Dr. Carol J. Madden Lombardi and Prof. Peter Ford Dominey, and at the Perception, Action, Language Lab, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada, under the supervision of Prof. Craig Chambers.
Before coming to Concordia, Dr. Abashidze held a Research Associate position at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He is currently a Horizon Postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Prof. Pavel Trofimovich and Prof. Kim McDonough in the Department of Education at Concordia University. His research focuses on language learning and language processing using visual context in different population of speakers; monolinguals, bilinguals and second language learners. His specific research interests focus on the contributions of different linguistic, visual and cognitive factors in learning and comprehending spoken language. He employs eye tracking technology to measure eye movements while acquiring new grammatical features or comprehending spoken sentences, in order to examine specific learning/comprehension processes. The goal of his current work in this area is to determine benefits and shortcomings of language speakers use of visual information, for example, in the processing and learning of morphosyntax.
Abashidze, D., Trofimovich, P., McDonough, K., & Gao, Y. (2018). Learning novel morphosyntactic patterns from dynamic visual events: Evidence from eye-tracking. Proceeding of the 28th Annual Conference on European Second Language Association (EuroSLA), Münster, Germany.
Abashidze, D., Trofimovich, P., McDonough, K., & Mercier, J. (2018). Visual context effects during bilingual language processing: Evidence from eye-tracking. Proceeding of the 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, Davis, USA.
Rodriguez Ronderos, C., Münster, K., Guerra, E., Kreysa, E., Rodríguez, A., Kröger, J., Kluth, T., Burigo, M., Abashidze, D., Nunnemann, E. & Knoeferle, P. (accepted). Eye tracking during visually situated language comprehension: Flexibility and limitations in uncovering visual context effects. Journal of Visualized Experiments.
McDonough, K., Trofimovich, P., Lu, L., & Abashidze, D. (under review). The occurrence and perception of listener visual cues during nonunderstanding episodes.
Trofimovich, P., McDonough, K., Dao, P., & Abashidze, D. (under review). Eye gaze and L2 speakers’ responses to recasts: A systematic replication study.
Abashidze, D., Knoeferle, P., & Carminati, M.N. (under review). Anticipating future or integrating recent events?: Evidence from eye-tracking.
McDonough, K., Trofimovich, P., & Abashidze, D. (2018). Exploring the faces of non-understanding: Eye gaze behavior during communication breakdowns. Proceeding of the Annual Conference on American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Chicago, USA.
Abashidze, D., & Knoeferle, P. (2017). Action and actor gaze mismatch effects during spoken sentence processing. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, London, UK.
Abashidze, D., & Knoeferle, P. (2017). Actor gaze and action mismatches during language processing. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Embodied and Situated Language Processing conference (ESLP), Moscow, Russia.
Abashidze, D., & Chambers. C., (2016). The role of early linguistic cues in the recent event preference. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP), Bilbao, Spain.
Abashidze, D., Knoeferle, P., & Carminati, M.N. (2015). Eye-tracking situated language comprehension: Immediate actor gaze versus recent action events. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Pasadena, USA.
Abashidze, D., & Knoeferle, P. (2015). Do people prefer to inspect the target of a recent action?: The case of verb-action mismatches. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms of Language (AMLaP), Valletta, Malta.