But I would like to know... why is English in an "Anglo-Frisian" subcategory of West Germanic as opposed to some other possible classification.
If any of you out there have some sort of specialized knowledge or interest in Germanic languages; please give me all the knowledge you've got or at least point me in the right direction of some literature because I'm really fascinated by this topic.
Some major points I'm curious about:
-What is the basis for how English is presently classified?
-Has it differed historically at all?
-What is the consensus on this classification among linguists? Are there any scholars in dispute with the "Anglo-Frisian" category?
-Are there any alternative classifications proposed?
-How did it end up being where it is now?