On the information rate of speech communication

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The key to the success of speech-based technology is an understanding of human speech communication. While significant advances have been made, a unified theory of speech communication that is both comprehensive and quantitative is yet to emerge. In this paper we approach speech communication from an information theoretical perspective. Without relying on prior knowledge of speech production, language, or auditory processing, we develop a new methodology for measuring the information rate of speech. Instead we rely on having recordings of multiple talkers saying the same utterance. In general, our results are consistent with a linguistic understanding of speech communication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-4117-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventICASSP 2017: 42nd IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - The Internet of Signals - Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 5 Mar 20179 Mar 2017
Conference number: 42


ConferenceICASSP 2017
Abbreviated titleICASSP
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA
Internet address


  • Information theory
  • speech communication
  • talker variability


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