ModelCC is a model-based parser generator (a.k.a. compiler compiler) that decouples language specification from language processing, avoiding some of the problems caused by grammar-driven parser generators. ModelCC receives a conceptual model as input, along with constraints that annotate it. It is then able to create a parser for the desired textual language and the generated parser fully automates the instantiation of the language conceptual model. ModelCC also includes a built-in reference resolution mechanism that results in abstract syntax graphs, rather than mere abstract syntax trees.