Is there a language $L \subseteq \{a\}^*$ such that both $L$ and its complement are not context free?


Yes, there is. Consider the language $L = \{a^p \mid p \text{ is prime}\}$ which is not contextfree, neither is its complement. Both statements are very easy to check via Pumping-Lemma.

  • $\begingroup$ Could you give me a hint to prove that the complement of L is not context free? $\endgroup$ – Samuel Bismuth Jul 2 '18 at 13:31
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    $\begingroup$ Since $L$ is unary, it is context-free iff it is regular iff its complement is regular. $\endgroup$ – Yuval Filmus Jul 3 '18 at 7:08

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