chapter  IV
The History of Chinese and of Word-Order,
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Although, of course, the Chinese tonic differences •cannot in every respect be paralleled with those found in the Scandinavian languages, I see no reason why we should not set forth the provisional hypothesis that the above-mentioned pairs of Chinese words were formerly distinguished by derivative syllables or flexional endings and the like, which have now disappeared, without leaving any traces behind them except in the tones. This hypothesis is perhaps rendered more probable by what seems to be an established fact-that one of the five tones, at least in

the Nan-king pronunciation, has arisen through t h e dropping of final consonants (p, t, k).