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Pierre Pica

  • Visiting professor
  • Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
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Linguistic Variation Yearbook


2004 - Present

Recent publications

  • Education Enhances the Acuity of the Nonverbal Approximate Number System

    • Piazza M
    • Pica P
    • Izard V
    • et al.
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  • The language of geometry: Fast comprehension of geometrical primitives and rules in human adults and preschoolers

    • Amalric M
    • Wang L
    • Pica P
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Visiting professor

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)

January 2013 - Present

Research Scientist

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

January 1984 - Present


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

January 1987 - January 1989(2 years)

Research interests

geometrynumber sensepsycholinguisticssyntax


Pierre Pica (born January 5, 1951), is a research associate (Chargé de Recherche) at the National Center for Scientific Research. He is a specialist in theoretical linguistics and more specifically of comparative syntax. Dr. Pica has concentrated his research on the notion of parameters in linguistic. He has also shown that the respective properties of reflexive pronouns could be derived from their morphological properties. He is currently studying the distinction between the internal and external aspects of the Faculty of language and is also working on a fine grained distinction between competence and performance. Over the last ten years, Pica has risen to prominence as a result of his work on Mundurucu (an indigenous language spoken in Para (Brazil). He is collaborating with Stanislas Dehaene and Elizabeth Spelke in a study of numerical expressions and enumeration in Mundurucu.


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