Dependently Typed Records in Type Theory
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- Pollack, R. Form Aspects Comput (2002) 13: 386. doi:10.1007/s001650200018
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The language Pebble of Burstall and Lampson proposed dependent types as the underlying principle in a unified framework to explain facilities for programming in the large, such as modules and signatures, as well as for programming in the small. This proposal soon extended to large scale formal proof development as well. In fact, the functional approach to modularity has turned out to be a hard problem, which is still far from a fully satisfactory solution. This paper discusses aspects of this approach, including representations of records, informative signatures, sharing, and subtyping. My main contribution in this paper is to show that structures with dependent types and manifest fields (roughly ML style modules) are internally definable in a type theoretic framework extended with inductive-recursive definition. This shows that powerful modules follow from general principles without module-specific assumptions.