Nominal lambda calculus: An internal language for FM-cartesian closed categories
conference contributionposted on 16.12.2016, 15:17 by Roy L. Crole, Frank Nebel
Reasoning about atoms (names) is difficult. The last decade has seen the development of numerous novel techniques. For equational reasoning, Clouston and Pitts introduced Nominal Equational Logic (NEL), which provides judgements of equality and freshness of atoms. Just as Equational Logic (EL) can be enriched with function types to yield the lambda-calculus (LC), we introduce NLC by enriching NEL with (atom-dependent) function types and abstraction types. We establish meta-theoretic properties of NLC; define -cartesian closed categories, hence a categorical semantics for NLC; and prove soundness & completeness by way of NLC-classifying categories. A corollary of these results is that NLC is an internal language for -cccs. A key feature of NLC is that it provides a novel way of encoding freshness via dependent types, and a new vehicle for studying the interaction of freshness and higher order types. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.