sort by best latest
Very good comment. I learned a good deal here. Thanks for the book idea.
I am surprised by how drawn I am to know more about the history of English, inspired by reading these answers. My interest is not scholarly but more than curiosity, as I will write in an Answer. Thank you for the articulated insights.
Well, cans of worms are squiggly fun. I will tell a little about why I asked, in an Answer.
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.
It depends on whether you accept the tribal languages as early forms of or the roots of English. I think of them as early forms and French, Latin, Greek etc. as having an influence.
Good point in paragraph one. The formation of the languages of the Germanic tribes is also part of the formation of English.
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?