natural language

  • Martin H. Weik
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A language in which (a) the symbols, conventions, and rules for its use are based on current usage and (b) the symbols, conventions, and rules, i.e., the syntax, for its use were not specifically or explicitly prescribed before use of the language. Note 1: Examples of natural languages are English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swaheli, and Japanese. Note 2: Computer programming languages are artificial languages, rather than natural languages. See also  artificial language,  computer programming,  language,  programming language,  symbol,  syntax.

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