[FOM] looking for help with terminology
Neil Tennant
neilt at mercutio.cohums.ohio-state.edu
Sun Dec 30 20:17:06 EST 2007
I wonder whether any fom-er can tell me if there is any reasonably
well-established terminology for the following.
I want to isolate formulae of the form
P(x_1,...,x_n)
where P is a primitive n-place predicate, and of the form
y = f(x_1,...,x_n)
where f is a primitive n-place function sign, and where in both cases the
x_i are individual variables.
Formulae of the form P(f(x)) won't qualify; nor will formulae of the form
f(y)=g(x) or of the form y=f(g(x))---to choose just three examples of
foils. Yet of course these three formulae count as *atomic*, on the
standard definition of atomic formulae.
So I'm looking for a term to designate something narrower than the class
of atomic formulae.
Any suggestions?
Neil Tennant
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