Dr Pierre Pica
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Research Fellow, Language & Linguistics
France
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My Publications
Geometry as a Universal Mental Construction
January 2011
Geometry, etymologically the “science of measuring the Earth”, is a mathematical formalization of space. Just as formal concepts of number may be rooted in an evolutionary ancient system for percei...
Log or Linear? Distinct Intuitions of the Number Scale in Western and Amazonian Indigen...
Science
May 2008
The mapping of numbers onto space is fundamental to measurement and to mathematics. Is this mapping a cultural invention, or a universal intuition shared by all humans regardless of culture and edu...
Exact and Approximate Arithmetic in an Amazonian Indigene Group
Science
October 2004
Is calculation possible without language? Or is the human ability for arithmetic dependent on the language faculty? To clarify the relation between language and arithmetic, we studied numerical cog...
Core Knowledge of Geometry in an Amazonian Indigene Group
Science
January 2006
Does geometry constitute a core set of intuitions present in all humans, regardless of their language or schooling? We used two nonverbal tests to probe the conceptual primitives of geometry in the...
Theoretical Implications of the Study of Numbers and Numerals in Mundurucu
Philosophical Psychology
August 2008
Developing earlier studies of the system of numbers in Mundurucu, this paper argues that the Mundurucu numeral system is far more complex than usually assumed. The Mundurucu numeral system provides...
Visual Foundations of Euclidean Geometry
April 2021
The language of geometry: Fast comprehension of geometrical primitives and rules in hum...
PLoS Computational Biology
January 2017
Culture and education have an important effect on basic number perception
Psychological Science
April 2013
Non-symbolic halving in an Amazonian indigene group
Developmental Science
April 2013
Comparing Biological Motion Perception in Two Distinct Human Societies
PLoS ONE
December 2011
Flexible intuitions of Euclidean geometry in an Amazonian indigene group
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
May 2011
Response to Comment on "Log or Linear? Distinct Intuitions of the Number Scale in Weste...
Science
January 2009
Comment on "Log or Linear? Distinct Intuitions of the Number Scale in Western and Amazo...
Science
January 2009
Comment les nombres se répartissent dans l’espace
médecine/sciences
December 2008
Reading Between the Number Lines
Science
September 2008
Exact Equality and Successor Function: Two Key Concepts on the Path towards Understandi...
Philosophical Psychology
August 2008
Knowledge of Number and Knowledge of Language: Number as a Test Case for the Role of La...
Philosophical Psychology
August 2008
Linguistic Variation Yearbook 2006
Linguistic Variation Yearbook
December 2006
Introduction
Linguistic Variation Yearbook
December 2006
Examining Knowledge of Geometry
Science
June 2006
Introduction
Linguistic Variation Yearbook
December 2005
Linguistic Variation Yearbook 2005
Linguistic Variation Yearbook
December 2005
Linguistic Variation Yearbook 2004
Linguistic Variation Yearbook
December 2004
Linguistic Variation Yearbook 2003
Linguistic Variation Yearbook
December 2003
Introduction
Linguistic Variation Yearbook
December 2002
Linguistic Variation Yearbook 2002
Linguistic Variation Yearbook
December 2002
Introduction
Linguistic Variation Yearbook
December 2001
Linguistic Variation Yearbook 2001
Linguistic Variation Yearbook
December 2001
Configurational Attitudes
January 1999
Eléments pour une typologie de l'accord verbal
Faits de langues
January 1996
On the interaction between antecedent-government and binding: the case of long-distance...
September 1991
11. Subject, Tense and Truth: Towards a Modular Approach to Binding
December 1984
On the distinction between argumentai and non-argumental anaphors
December 1984
Homography or Polysemy
ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics
January 1979