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This manual documents DyALog (version 1.10.5, 24 February 2004).

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DyALog is an environment for building tabular unification-based parsers and programs. Tabulation means that traces of computation are tabulated in order to share common sub-computations and detect (most kinds of) loops.

DyALog may be used just to evaluate standard Prolog programs but its main finality is to design efficient and complete parsers for Unification-based grammars as found in Computational Linguistics. Definite Clause Grammars (DCG), traditionally offered by Prolog systems, are such a grammar formalism. Bound Movement Grammars (BMG), an extension of DCGs, Tree Adjoining Grammars (TAG), Range Concatenation Grammars (RCG) are also provided.

DyALog also provides several extension to the usual Prolog syntax and data structures, namely Hilog pseudo higher order terms, (typed) feature structures (TFS), and finite sets.