Definition of natural language in English:

natural language


  • A language that has developed naturally in use (as contrasted with an artificial language or computer code)

    • ‘But linguistics and natural language processing have not been feeding into the word processor industry at all.’
    • ‘Of course, natural languages are examples of symbol systems, but there are many other, non-linguistic systems: pictorial, gestural, diagrammatic, etc.’
    • ‘Understanding natural language allows computers to facilitate human problem solving and decision making.’
    • ‘In real natural languages, looking at a larger quantity of data generally makes it clearer what the grammatical principles are.’
    • ‘Nothing written in a natural language is unambiguous.’
    • ‘I'd want to see a lot of very detailed argument before I would be prepared to believe that there is a natural language with no nouns or verbs.’
    • ‘Yet polysemy is endemic to natural languages, as a detailed analysis of just about any word will confirm.’
    • ‘What brains do when they process sentences of a natural language is to some extent independent of the language.’
    • ‘Every normal human being acquires a natural language and that language is extraordinarily similar to that of the surrounding group.’
    • ‘From another angle, the problem of meaning has involved questions about the mechanism of reference and the semantics of various terms in natural languages.’
    • ‘Semantic analysis of blogs represents the next challenge in the quest for understanding natural language.’
    • ‘And, since natural languages like English are semantically closed, Tarski's theory also has the weakness of applying only to artificial languages.’
    • ‘However as humans we make many mistakes when programming, especially given that we have to use a programming language to do the job and most programming languages differ drastically from natural languages.’
    • ‘If this holds for computer programming languages, it surely holds much more for natural languages.’
    • ‘Just like real words in natural languages, they can be given different emotional connotations by their contexts.’
    • ‘I'm not sure if there are any natural languages that don't use verbs, nouns, or adjectives, but as far as artificial ones go, it's not hard to eliminate one of them.’


natural language

/ˈnaCH(ə)rəl ˈlaNGɡwij//ˈnætʃ(ə)rəl ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ/