Extensions of Language Families and Canonical Forms for Full AFL-Structures

P.R.J. Asveld

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    We consider the following ways of extending a family of languages $K$ to an "enriched" family $X(K)$: (i) hyper-algebraic extension ($X = H$) based on iterated parallel substitution, (ii) algebraic extension ($X = A$) obtained by nested iterated substitution, (iii) rational extension ($X = R$) achieved by not-self-embedding nested iterated substitution, and (iv) a few subrational extensions ($X = M, S, P, F, C$) based on several kinds of substitution. We introduce full $X$-AFL's, i.e. nontrivial families closed under finite substitution, intersection with regular sets and under $X$, which turn out to be equivalent to well-known AFL-structures such as full hyper-AFL ($X = H$), super-AFL ($A$), substitution-closed AFL ($R$), semi-AFL ($S$), etc. Then we establish Canonical Forms for the smallest full $X$-AFL $\hat{\cal X}(K)$ containing $K$, i.e. we decompose the operator $\hat{\cal X}$ into simpler operators. Using Canonical Forms for full $X$-AFL's we obtain expressions for the smallest full $X$-AFL containing the result of substituting a family of languages into another family.
    Original languageUndefined
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    PublisherUniversity of Twente
    Number of pages34
    Publication statusPublished - 1977


    • HMI-SLT: Speech and Language Technology
    • EWI-3713

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