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Polymorphic Components

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Brief Explanation

Types of data constructor arguments are allowed local universal quantification (forall) and contexts constraining universally quantified type variables, e.g.

newtype Swizzle = MkSwizzle (forall a. Ord a => [a] -> [a])



  • type inference seems to be a simple extension of Hindley-Milner.
  • large step in expressiveness: types become impredicative, albeit with an intervening data constructor, enabling Church encodings and similar System F tricks. The very useful Rank2Types can be viewed as syntactic sugar (and therefore a safe next step).
  • used by ReadP type.


  • more complex denotational semantics