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Classified as Insular Celtic, the British language probably arrived in Britain during the Bronze Age or Iron Age and was probably spoken throughout the island south of the Firth of Forth.
During the Early Middle Ages the British language began to fragment due to increased dialect differentiation, evolving into Welsh and the other Brittonic languages. This Primitive Welsh may have been spoken in both Wales and the Hen Ogledd ("Old North"), the Brittonic-speaking areas of what is now northern England and southern Scotland, and therefore been the ancestor of Cumbric as well as Welsh.
, 9th to 11th centuries); poetry from both Wales and Scotland has been preserved in this form of the language.
As Germanic and Gaelic colonisation of Britain proceeded, the Brittonic speakers in Wales were split off from those in northern England, speaking Cumbric, and those in the southwest, speaking what would become Cornish, and so the languages diverged. 600) and the Book of Taliesin () is the label attached to the Welsh of the 12th to 14th centuries, of which much more remains than for any earlier period.
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Four periods are identified in the history of Welsh, with rather indistinct boundaries.For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help: IPA.The United Kingdom Census 2011 recorded that the percentage of all people aged three and over living in Wales who could speak Welsh had decreased from 20.8% to 19% as compared to 2001.However, much of this poetry was supposedly composed in the Hen Ogledd, raising further questions about the dating of the material and language in which it was originally composed.
This discretion stems from the fact that Cumbric was widely believed to have been the language used in Hen Ogledd.An 8th century inscription in Tywyn shows the language already dropping inflections in the declension of nouns.