Language Definitions as Rewrite Theories

  • Andrei Arusoaie
  • Dorel Lucanu
  • Vlad Rusu
  • Traian-Florin Şerbănuţă
  • Andrei Ştefănescu
  • Grigore Roşu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8663)


\(\mathbb {K}\)is a formal framework for defining the operational semantics of programming languages. It includes software tools for compiling \(\mathbb {K}\)language definitions to Maude rewrite theories, for executing programs in the defined languages based on the Maude rewriting engine, and for analyzing programs by adapting various Maude analysis tools. A recent extension to the \(\mathbb {K}\)tool suite is an automatic transformation of language definitions that enables the symbolic execution of programs, i.e., the execution of programs with symbolic inputs. In this paper we investigate the theoretical relationships between \(\mathbb {K}\)language definitions and their translations to Maude, between symbolic extensions of \(\mathbb {K}\)definitions and their Maude encodings, and how the relations between \(\mathbb {K}\)definitions and their symbolic extensions are reflected on their respective representations in Maude. These results show, in particular, how analyses performed with Maude tools can be formally lifted up to the original language definitions.



This work was supported by the strategic grant POSDRU/159/1.5/S/137750, “Project Doctoral and Postdoctoral programs support for increased competitiveness in Exact Sciences research” cofinanced by the European Social Found within the Sectorial Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007–2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrei Arusoaie
    • 1
  • Dorel Lucanu
    • 1
  • Vlad Rusu
    • 2
  • Traian-Florin Şerbănuţă
    • 1
    • 3
  • Andrei Ştefănescu
    • 4
  • Grigore Roşu
    • 4
  1. 1.Alexandru Ioan Cuza UniversityIaşiRomania
  2. 2.Inria Lille Nord EuropeLilleFrance
  3. 3.University of BucharestBucharestRomania
  4. 4.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA

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