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Author Gorn, S.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
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Language English
Abstract The topics began with discussion of almost exclusively syntactic analysis and methods. Beginning with context-free phrase-structure languages, we considered limitations thereof to remove generative syntactic ambiguities (Floyd), and extensions thereto to introduce more context-dependence (Rose). As the conference proceeded we ran through a spectrum of considerations in which the expressions in the languages considered were examined less and less as meaningless objects (the formal, or purely syntactic approach, as in the paper by Steel) and required more and more meaningful interpretations. In other words, we became more and more involved with semantic considerations. It is clear, then, that applications of the study of mechanical languages to programming must involve semantic questions; ADD must mean something more than the concatenation of three (not two) characters. The papers beyond Session 1 were therefore discussing the mechanization of semantics, but in only one case did we hear about the formalization (and hence mechanization) of the specification of the semantics of a language (McCarthy).
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 7
Issue Number 2
Page Count 4
Starting Page 133
Ending Page 136


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