Parsing Theory

Volume I Languages and Parsing

  • Seppo Sippu
  • Eljas Soisalon-Soininen

Part of the EATCS Monographs on Theoretical Computer Science book series (EATCS, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Seppo Sippu, Eljas Soisalon-Soininen
    Pages 1-35
  3. Seppo Sippu, Eljas Soisalon-Soininen
    Pages 37-64
  4. Seppo Sippu, Eljas Soisalon-Soininen
    Pages 65-114
  5. Seppo Sippu, Eljas Soisalon-Soininen
    Pages 115-151
  6. Seppo Sippu, Eljas Soisalon-Soininen
    Pages 153-215
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 217-228

About this book


The theory of parsing is an important application area of the theory of formal languages and automata. The evolution of modem high-level programming languages created a need for a general and theoretically dean methodology for writing compilers for these languages. It was perceived that the compilation process had to be "syntax-directed", that is, the functioning of a programming language compiler had to be defined completely by the underlying formal syntax of the language. A program text to be compiled is "parsed" according to the syntax of the language, and the object code for the program is generated according to the semantics attached to the parsed syntactic entities. Context-free grammars were soon found to be the most convenient formalism for describing the syntax of programming languages, and accordingly methods for parsing context-free languages were devel­ oped. Practical considerations led to the definition of various kinds of restricted context-free grammars that are parsable by means of efficient deterministic linear-time algorithms.


Algorithms Analysis Automat algorithm automata complexity computer regular expressions

Authors and affiliations

  • Seppo Sippu
    • 1
  • Eljas Soisalon-Soininen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64801-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-61345-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-2654
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