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Domain theoretic models of polymorphism
 Inf. Comput
, 1989
"... We give an illustration of a construction useful in producing and describing models of Girard and Reynolds' polymorphic λcalculus. The key unifying ideas are that of a Grothendieck fibration and the category of continuous sections associated with it, constructions used in indexed category theo ..."
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We give an illustration of a construction useful in producing and describing models of Girard and Reynolds' polymorphic λcalculus. The key unifying ideas are that of a Grothendieck fibration and the category of continuous sections associated with it, constructions used in indexed category theory; the universal types of the calculus are interpreted as the category of continuous sections of the fibration. As a major example a new model for the polymorphic λcalculus is presented. In it a type is interpreted as a Scott domain. In fact, understanding universal types of the polymorphic λcalculus as categories of continuous sections appears to be useful generally. For example, the technique also applies to the finitary projection model of Bruce and Longo, and a recent model of Girard. (Indeed the work here was inspired by Girard's and arose through trying to extend the construction of his model to Scott domains.) It is hoped that by pinpointing a key construction this paper will help towards a deeper understanding of models for the polymorphic λcalculus and the