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How and when was the English language formed?


 

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Chris Mills (cam8510) says

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    Another fascinating contribution and insight. I will write more in an answer. I read yours after an answer suggesting 9th century origins. Your comment, if I interpret rightly, points to much earlier beginnings, prior to the 5th century.


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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 4 years ago

    Very good comment. I learned a good deal here. Thanks for the book idea.


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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    Well, cans of worms are squiggly fun. I will tell a little about why I asked, in an Answer.

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 4 years ago

    Good point in paragraph one. The formation of the languages of the Germanic tribes is also part of the formation of English.

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    This answers a part of my question that was most pressing, the timeframe when English began to form. A fascinating look, and thank you. So it could be said that the earliest form of English started to be spoken sometime in the 9th century?