Burmese: ပူတာအို (pronunciation)

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I'd like to ask if the consonant /t/ (represented by တ) in the town name Putao (ပူတာအို) becomes [d] or just remains [t]. I've read that Burmese voiceless stops /p, t, k/ becomes voiced between vowels (e.g. Nay Pyi Taw (နေပြည်တော်) > Naypyidaw), but I'm not sure if this phenomenon occurs consistantly or not.

Thank you in advance.
  • J.F. de TROYES

    Senior Member
    Yes, I think ပူတာအို is pronounced / pudao / . As far as I know, the voicing rule is applied in most cases, except when the previous syllable is weakened as in သူခိုး /θəkʰò / ( a thief ).