- In this paper, we introduce a novel Bayesian compressive sensing (CS) technique for phonetic classification. CS is often used to characterize a signal from a few support training examples, similar to k-nearest neighbor (kNN) and Support Vector Machines (SVMs). However, unlike SVMs and kNNs, CS allows the number of supports to be adapted to the specific signal being characterized. On the TIMIT phonetic classification task, we find that our CS method outperforms the SVM, kNN and Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) methods. Our CS method achieves an accuracy of 80.01%, one of the best reported result in the literature to date.