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The Royal Spanish Academy (by AL)

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The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE – Real Academia Española) is an organization devoted to the elaboration of normative rules for the Spanish language and to working for the unity of the Spanish language in all territories where it is spoken, in coordination with the other 21 national Academies. These norms are set forth in the Dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (DRAE) and they encompass both grammar and spelling.

The purpose of this dictionary is to guarantee a common linguistic norm. It is a Spanish cultural institution founded in 1713 by a group of scholars who, gathered around Juan Manuel Fernández Pacheco, marquis of Villena and duke of Escalona, conceived the idea of creating an academy, like the French Academy, dedicated to working in the service of the national language. The following year King Felipe V approved the constitution of the Spanish Academy and placed it under his “auspices and Royal protection."

Its headquarters is in Madrid (Spain), but it has affiliations with the national academies of the 21 Spanish-speaking countries. The entire group forms the Association of Academies of the Spanish Language.

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