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minimalistic grammar

From:Andrew Strader <guido@...>
Date:Sunday, April 7, 2002, 23:07
Hi, I searched the archive for this topic, but with no luck. I wonder if
anyone has experience with designing a language with a minimal grammar, that
is, with the fewest number of rules, but with which it is still possible to
construct all correct sentences. Naturally, expressiveness could suffer
considerably, but then where would the challenge be? And I also am not
referring to languages where most of the rules are implicit and left up to
"intuition", i.e. the designer's own L1.

For what it's worth, I've been toying with minimalistic but fully expressive
grammars. I managed to boil it down to 7 or 8 rules, but I didn't try it out
yet. I just wondered if anyone else had already attempted such a thing, and
managed to use fewer rules, or had to use more?


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
daniel andreasson <danielandreasson@...>