In phonetics and computational linguistics, the recognition of human speech through computer analysis; also called automatic speech recognition. The task involves the matching of an input acoustic signal with a vocabulary (of sounds, syllables, words, etc.) stored in the computer’s memory. The more challenging aim of automatic speech recognition is to handle continuous speech. Here the computer is provided with information about typical patterns of phonetic and phonological segmentation, as well as morphological and syntactic information. More advanced simulation, such as those provided by connectionist models, are also used.