Syntax (logic)


Syntax (logic)

In logic, syntax comprises the rules governing the composition of texts in a formal language that constitute the properly formed formulas (WFFs) of a logical system. In providing an interpretation, it does not make sense to assign a meaning to texts that are not well-formed formulas.

In computer science, the term syntax refers to the rules governing the composition of meaningful texts in a formal language, such as a programming language, that is, those texts for which it makes sense to define the semantics or meaning, or otherwise provide an interpretation.

ee also

* Formal grammar
* Syntactic consequence
* Syntax (linguistics)
* Mathematical logic


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