Rule splitting and attribute-directed parsing

  • David A. Watt
Attribute And Affix Grammars
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 94)


Rule splitting is a phenomenon, most clearly exhibited by attribute grammars and affix grammars, in which the syntactic structure of a phrase is constrained by its attributes. In this paper, rule splitting is illustrated by examples taken from real programming languages, and two varieties of rule splitting are identified and formalized. Implementations of rule splitting (attribute-directed parsing) are demonstrated for top-down and bottom-up parsers, both one-pass and multi-pass. Finally, the problems of exploiting rule splitting in a compiler writing system based on attribute grammars are explored.


Evaluation Rule Syntax Tree Attribute Grammar Rule Splitting Parsing Method 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. Watt
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  1. 1.Computing Science DepartmentUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowScotland

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