--- In qalam@yahoogroups.com, "suzmccarth" <suzmccarth@...> wrote:
> Yes, but 'brook', from the quote, would actually be [pirUk]. Or
> would it be pUrUk? I don't think there are initial voiced
> in Tamil anyway. So, obviously no voiceless vowel after a voiced
> consonant.

Spoken Tamil does have initial voiced stops - or so it is often
reported, e.g. look at
and follow the link to voiced consonants.