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Logic of Programs 1985: Logics of Programs pp 219-224 | Cite as

Continuation semantics in typed lambda-calculi

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  • Albert R. Meyer
  • Mitchell Wand
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 193)

Abstract

This paper reports preliminary work on the semantics of the continuation transform. Previous work on the semantics of continuations has concentrated on untyped lambda-calculi and has used primarily the mechanism of inclusive predicates. Such predicates are easy to understand on atomic values, but they become obscure on functional values. In the case of the typed lambda-calculus, we show that such predicates can be replaced by retractions. The main theorem states that the meaning of a closed term is a retraction of the meaning of the corresponding continuationized term.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert R. Meyer
    • 1
  • Mitchell Wand
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory for Computer ScienceMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentBrandeis UniversityWaltham

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