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Substructural Operational Semantics as Ordered Logic Programming

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2 Author(s)
Pfenning, F. ; Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, USA ; Simmons, R.J.

We describe a substructural logic with ordered, linear, and persistent propositions and then endow a fragment with a committed choice forward-chaining operational interpretation. Exploiting higher-order terms in this metalanguage, we specify the operational semantics of a number of object language features, such as call-by-value, call-by-name, call-by-need, mutable store, parallelism, communication, exceptions and continuations. The specifications exhibit a high degree of uniformity and modularity that allows us to analyze the structural properties required for each feature in isolation. Our substructural framework thereby provides a new methodology for language specification that synthesizes structural operational semantics, abstract machines, and logical approaches.

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Logic In Computer Science, 2009. LICS '09. 24th Annual IEEE Symposium on

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11-14 Aug. 2009

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