Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Information theory

A signal take on speech

Approaches that abandon traditional speech categories offer promise for developing statistical descriptions that encapsulate how speech conveys information. Grandparents would be among the beneficiaries.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.


  1. Stilp, C. E. & Kluender, K. R. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 107, 12387–12392 (2010).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  2. Cole, R., Yan, Y., Mak, B., Fanty, M. & Bailey, T. Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. Acoustics Speech Signal Processing Vol. 2, 853–856 (1996).

    Google Scholar 

  3. Kewley-Port, D., Burkle, T. Z. & Lee, J. H. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 122, 2365–2375 (2007).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  4. Liberman, A. M., Harris, K. S., Hoffman, H. S. & Griffith, B. C. J. Exp. Psychol. 54, 358–368 (1957).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  5. Jenkins, J. J., Strange, W. & Edman, T. R. Percept. Psychophys. 34, 441–450 (1983).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  6. Lee, J. H. & Kewley-Port, D. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 125, 1153–1163 (2009).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  7. Olshausen, B. A. & Field, D. J. Nature 381, 607–609 (1996).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  8. Smith, E. C. & Lewicki, M. S. Nature 439, 978–982 (2006).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Lewicki, M. A signal take on speech. Nature 466, 821–822 (2010).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing