Parsing context-sensitive languages (Jim Jenkins 284-2585)
Tue, 7 Jun 1994 18:22:43 GMT

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From: (Jim Jenkins 284-2585)
Keywords: parse, question
Organization: Calgary UNIX User's Group
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 1994 18:22:43 GMT

Context-sensitive languages, such as Algol 68 in the Revised (1973) Report
for that language, can be described by means of a two-level grammar. I
would like to know how to parse such a grammar; the techniques taught in
my compiler construction course focus (sensibly) on context-free grammars
and so are obviously inadequate for the task. However, some linguistics
texts which I have been reading have been giving what look very much like
van Wijngaarden two-level grammars for English and other natural
languages, and I would like to know if I can apply the techniques of Algol
68 parsers to English.

Thank you very much.

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