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Some remarks on the syntax of symbolic programming languages


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This paper concerns some preliminary results of an investigation of certain syntactical features of symbolic programming languages (SPL), which is a part of a wider research in the field of problem-oriented languages for automatic processor construction [1]. Our main aim is to point out certain peculiar features of SPL's which yield a deeper insight into their linguistic nature from a formal point of view, in order to take further steps in the direction of finding a proper way to define them. The general approach suggested here might be of some interest in the broader field of general linguistics, since many languages, including natural languages, show similar properties.

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