Indiana University Bloomington

School of Informatics and Computing

Technical Report TR608:
A Proof-Theoretic Foundation of Abortive Continuations (Extended version)

Zena M. Ariola, Hugo Herbelin, and Amr Sabry
(Feb 2005), 43 pages
[This is an extended version of the conference article "Minimal Classical Logic and Control Operators, Zena M. Ariola & Hugo Herbelin, Thirtieth International Colloquium on Automata, Languages & Programming, 2003, Springer-Verlag, LNCS 2719, pgs. 871-885."]
We give an analysis of various classical axioms and characterize a notion of minimal classical logic that enforces Peirce's law without enforcing Ex Falso Quodlibet. We show that a natural implementation of this logic is Parigot's classical natural deduction. We then move on to the computational side and emphasize that Parigot's lambda-mu corresponds to minimal classical logic. A continuation constant must be added to lambda-mu to get full classical logic. We then map the extended lambda-mu to a new theory of control, lambda-C-minus-top, which extends Felleisen's reduction theory. The new theory lambda-C-minus-top distinguishes between aborting and throwing to a continuation and is in correspondence with a refined version of Prawitz's natural deduction system.

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