Logical Relations for PCF

Peter Gammie

1 July 2012


We apply Andy Pitts's methods of defining relations over domains to several classical results in the literature. We show that the Y combinator coincides with the domain-theoretic fixpoint operator, that parallel-or and the Plotkin existential are not definable in PCF, that the continuation semantics for PCF coincides with the direct semantics, and that our domain-theoretic semantics for PCF is adequate for reasoning about contextual equivalence in an operational semantics. Our version of PCF is untyped and has both strict and non-strict function abstractions. The development is carried out in HOLCF.
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