The OM language is a higher-order dependently typed lambda calculus, an extension of Coquand's Calculus of Constructions with the predicative/impredicative hierarchy of indexed universes. This extension is motivated avoiding paradoxes in dependent theory. Also there is no fixpoint axiom needed for the definition of infinity term dependance.
U₀ : U₁ : U₂ : U₃ : … U₀ — propositions U₁ — values and sets U₂ — types U₃ — sorts
All terms obey the A ranking inside the sequence of S universes, and the complexity R of the dependent term is equal to a maximum of the term's complexity and its dependency. The universes system is completely described by the following PTS notation (due to Barendregt):
S (n : nat) = U n A₁ (n m : nat) = U n : U m where m > n — cumulative R₁ (m n : nat) = U m ⟶ U n : U (max m n) — predicative
Note that predicative universes are incompatible with Church lambda term encoding. You can switch predicative vs impredicative uninverses by typecheker parameter.
Propositional contractible bottom space is the only available extension to predicative hierarchy that not leads to inconsistency. However there is another option to have infinite impredicative hierarchy.
A₂ (n : nat) = U n : U (n + 1) — non-cumulative R₂ (m n : nat) = U m ⟶ U n : U n — impredicative
Single Axiom Language
This langauge is called one axiom language (or pure) as eliminator and introduction adjoint functors inferred from type formation rule. The only computation rule of Pi type is called beta-reduction.
∀ (x: A) → B x : Type — formation rule λ (x: A) → b : B x — introduction f a : B [a/x] — elimination (λ (x: A) → b) a = b [a/x] : B [a/x] — equation
This language could be embedded in itself and used as Logical Framework for the Pi type:
Record Pi (A: Type) := intro: (A → Type) → Type lambda: (B: A → Type) → ∀ (a: A) → B a → intro B app: (B: A → Type) → intro B → ∀ (a: A) → B a app-lam (B: A → Type) (f: ∀ (a: A) → B a): ∀ (a: A) → app (fun f) a ==> f a lam-app (B: A → Type) (p: intro B): fun (λ (a: A) → app p a) ==> p.
The terms of OM consist of nat indexed stars, variables, applications, abstractions and universal quantifications. This language is called Calculus of Construction and exists in various syntaxes. OM supports Morte's syntax.
<> = #option I = #identifier U = * < #number > OM = U | I | ( OM ) | λ ( I : OM ) → OM OM OM | OM → OM | ∀ ( I : OM ) → OM
Equivalent tree encoding for parsed terms is following:
Inductive OM := Star: nat → OM | Var: name → OM | App: OM → OM → OM | Lambda: name → OM → OM → OM | Arrow: OM → OM → OM | Pi: name → OM → OM → OM.
The typechecker is structural recursive function over OM terms. It lookups variables from the context.
Definition star(t: OM): nat := match t | Star n => n | _ => error "star" Fixpoint type (t: OM, c: Context): OM := match t | Pi n 0 i o => Star max (star (type i c)) (star (type o [(n,norm i)|c])) | Arrow i o => Star max (star (type i c)) (star (type o c)) | Lambda n 0 i o => let _ = star (type i c) in let ni = norm i in Pi n 0 ni (type O [(n,ni)|c]) | App f a => match type f c | Pi n 0 i o => let _ = eq i (type a c) in norm (subst o n a) | _ => error "app" | Var n => match get c n | Some x => x | None => error "var" | Star n => Star n + 1
Terms in OM language.
$ om show List/Cons λ (A: *) → λ (Head: A) → λ (Tail: ∀ (List: *) → ∀ (Cons: ∀ (Head: A) → ∀ (Tail: List) → List) → ∀ (Nil: List) → List) → λ (List: *) → λ (Cons: ∀ (Head: A) → ∀ (Tail: List) → List) → λ (Nil: List) → Cons Head (Tail List Cons Nil)
The untyped lambda language O is the simplest language used in OM to generate backend programs. This O is used as the output of type erasure.
I = #identifier O = I | ( O ) | O O | λ I ⟶ O
Inductive O := Var: nat → O | App: O → O → O | Lambda: nat → O → O → O.
Terms in untyped lambda pure language.
$ om print fst erase a "#List/Cons" ( λ Head → ( λ Tail → ( λ Cons → ( λ Nil → ((Cons Head) ((Tail Cons) Nil)))))) ok
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'Cons'() -> fun (Head) -> fun (Tail) -> fun (Cons) -> fun (Nil) -> ((Cons(Head))((Tail(Cons))(Nil))) end end end end.