Any linguists out there who care to explain?
In Imperial Rome they spoke Latin, but the people who live there now speak Italian. The first English speakers spoke Old English, then Middle English, and now Modern English.
But I gather that Italian is more similar to Latin than today's English resembles Old English. So, like, my language changed more but they still call it English, but the one that changed less they go "oh this is a whole different language, needs a new name"... ?? How do they decide this?