Domain-Specific Metamodelling Languages for Software Language Engineering

  • Steffen Zschaler
  • Dimitrios S. Kolovos
  • Nikolaos Drivalos
  • Richard F. Paige
  • Awais Rashid
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5969)


Domain-specific languages are constructed to provide modelling capabilities tailored to a specific domain. Sometimes, languages are developed many times, typically to support application in a new context. In doing so, recurring patterns and commonalities as well as variations across the evolving set of languages can be identified. This paper introduces the concept of a domain-specific metamodelling language, which codifies such commonalities and provides concepts and logic for expressing the variations. The challenges and difficulties of using domain-specific metamodelling languages are identified. We illustrate the concept with examples from different domains.


Model Transformation Software Product Line Language Family Trace Link Concrete Syntax 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steffen Zschaler
    • 1
  • Dimitrios S. Kolovos
    • 2
  • Nikolaos Drivalos
    • 2
  • Richard F. Paige
    • 2
  • Awais Rashid
    • 1
  1. 1.Computing DepartmentLancaster UniversityUK
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkUK

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