Type theory with records

Type theory with records is a formal semantics representation framework, using records to express type theory types. It has been used in natural language processing, principally computational semantics and dialogue systems.[1][2]


A record type is a set of fields. A field is a pair consisting of a label and a type. Within a record type, field labels are unique. The witness of a record type is a record. A record is a similar set of fields, but fields contain objects instead of types. The object in each field must be of the type declared in the corresponding field in the record type.[3]

Basic type:




where and are individuals (type ), is proof that is a boy, etc.


  1. ^ Cooper, Robin (2005). "Records and Record Types in Semantic Theory". Journal of Logic and Computation. doi:10.1093/logcom/exi004.
  2. ^ Cooper, Robin (2010). Type theory and semantics in flux. Handbook of the Philosophy of Science. Volume 14: Philosophy of Linguistics. Elsevier.
  3. ^ R. Cooper. Type theory and language: From perception to linguistic communication. Draft of book chapters available from https://sites.google.com/site/typetheorywithrecords/drafts

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