Definition of Natural language

1. Noun. A human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language.

Definition of Natural language

1. Noun. (retronym countable) a human language which has evolved naturally in a community, usually in contrast to computer programming languages or to artificially constructed languages such as Esperanto. ¹

2. Noun. natural languages (sense 1) considered collectivelym ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Natural Language

natural functions
natural gas
natural gases
natural grammar
natural haemolysin
natural harmonic
natural harmonics
natural histories
natural history
natural immunity
natural killer
natural killer cell
natural killer cell stimulating factor
natural killer cells
natural language (current term)
natural language processing
natural language processing application
natural language processor
natural language understanding
natural languages
natural law
natural light
natural logarithm
natural logarithms
natural minor scale
natural minor scales
natural monopolies
natural monopoly
natural mutation

Literary usage of Natural language

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anthropology: An Introduction to the Study of Man and Civilization by Edward Burnett Tylor (1904)
"Sign-making, — Gesture-language, — Sound-gestures, 95 — natural language, — Utterances of Animals, — Emotional and Imitative Sounds in Language, ..."

2. Essays: On Poetry and Music, as They Affect the Mind; on Laughter, and by James Beattie (1779)
"What then is meant by natural language? ... I. An idea of natural language. 'T'HE term natural language has ..."

3. The Works of Thomas Reid, D.D., Now Fully Collected, with Selections from by Thomas Reid, William Hamilton, Dugald Stewart (1863)
"The elements of this natural language of mankind, or the signs that are naturally ... Dumb people retain much more of the natural language than others, ..."

4. The Task of Social Hygiene by Havelock Ellis (1912)
"... French—Its Disadvantages—The Modern Growth of National Feeling opposed to Selection of a natural language— Advantages of an Artificial Language—Demands ..."

5. First Text Retrieval Conference (Trec-1): Proceedings by D. K. Harman (1993)
"natural language processing is used to (1) preprocess the documents in order to extract contents-carrying terms, (2) discover inter- term dependencies and ..."

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