> Britain anciently.
Harper suggests the opposite. That in ancient times an ENGLISH tribe settled in GERMANY. The opposite is assumed only because human migration has been thought possible only from east to west.
> Their language was originally probably
> indistinguishable from the Germanic tribes that settled in
> parts of the continent,
Their language was *probably* English. :-)
> but after centuries and perhaps
> millennia of relative isolation it changed, as all living
> languages do,
All living languages show remarkable stability. Vast eons are required for major gramatical change.