Ancient languages have always fascinated me, but mainly because I can't understand them at all! I try to read the translation and compare, but it still leaves me wondering how our modern languages have evolved.
Many people have tried to explain to me how languages are derived from each other, but I still don't understand. How did widely spoken languages change when they were functioning well in the first place? I'm speaking of ancient languages, but also such languages as Anglo-Saxon. Why didn't that survive? Some of it is the meshing of cultures.
“How did a widely spoken language change when many spoke it?”