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1. the use of a meaningful pattern of vocal sounds (or corresponding written symbols) to convey thoughts and feelings, or a system of such patterns that is understood by a group of people.
2. by extension, any of various other systems of communication that use sets of discrete symbols.
3. any of numerous sets of standardized vocabulary terms for use among health care providers in a variety of settings allowing comparisons of care across populations, settings, regions, and time. There are over 30 researched standardized health care languages. Called also standardized vocabulary.
body language the expression of thoughts or emotions by means of posture or gesture.
International Sign language a sign language composed of a blending of vocabulary signs from numerous different countries, sometimes used at international meetings and events of deaf persons; formerly called Gestuno.
natural language ordinary language as used by the speakers of that language, as opposed to a language made up for a special purpose (as for use by a computer system).
nursing language any of various sets of standardized terms and definitions for use in nursing to provide standardized descriptions, labels, and definitions for expressing the phenomena of nursing; some include category groupings of terms. The American Nurses Association has recognized twelve official languages.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

natural language

Language as used in ordinary verbal and written communication among humans, as distinguished from controlled vocabularies and structured languages used exclusively for communicating and interoperability among information systems.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
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S., (2012), Interacting with Data Warehouse by Using a Natural Language Interface.
S.K., (2012), Creating Data Warehouse For Natural Language Processing.
The authors compare the performance of novices using Lotus HAL, a restricted natural language interface, with the performance of novices using Lotus 1-2-3, a more traditional interface The growing use of computers by people with nontechnical backgrounds has led to increasing concern with the design of the user interface.
Although each of these styles has advantages and disadvantages, the idea of a restricted natural language interface is very appealing because natural language is the way in which humans communicate with each other, Moreover, it conforms more closely with a user's prior knowledge and human intuition.
Beckett's mathematical strategies approximate the world, but they are still expressed in a natural language, i.e., in the novel Watt.
Since natural language begins to fail Watt, Beckett turns to mathematical techniques to try to represent the self and the world to codify the formal relations and operations that language imposes on self and world.
The aim here is to restrict the syntax and vocabulary of natural language texts to support automatic processing by computer.
In the user-friendliness scenario, computers become smart enough to communicate in natural language and, in general, adapt to human conventions.
It is Sarukkai's contention, however, that mathematics is more like natural language than many scientists are willing to admit.
This objectivity leads to the view that scientific ideas based on mathematical concepts are somehow stronger than humanistic ideas based on spoken or written language (what Sarukkai calls natural language or NL).
Section 2 presents the trends in the natural language processing field, especially in the semantic analysis.
Attracted by the potential applications, more and more researchers from the artificial intelligence field submerged into the natural language processing domain.

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