Royal Galician Academy

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Royal Galician Academy
Logo of the Royal Galician Academy
Abbreviation RAG
Motto Colligit. Expurgat. Innovat.
Formation August 30, 1906; 108 years ago (1906-08-30)
Headquarters A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Region served
Official language
Xexús Alonso Montero
700,000 €

The Royal Galician Academy (Galician: Real Academia Galega, RAG) is an institution dedicated to the study of Galician culture and especially the Galician language; it promulgates norms of grammar, spelling, and vocabulary and works to promote the language. The Academy is based in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain. The current president is Xexús Alonso Montero, who took over from Xosé Luís Méndez Ferrín in April 2013.[1]


In 1905 the Galician language was persecuted in Spain. To avoid persecution, the Sociedade Protectora da Academia Gallega was founded in La Habana, Cuba. Then on September 30, 1906, thanks to the efforts of writers Manuel Curros Enríquez and Xosé Fontenla Leal, it was reestablished as the Real Academia Galega. Manuel Murguía was its first president.

In 1972 the Academy standardized the design of the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Galicia. Some years later, the Academy persuaded the Galician government to commemorate the old coat of arms by superimposing it on the existing civil flag; the resulting flag is used today. Its terminological branch is Termigal.

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Minority group Associaçom Galega da Língua (Galician Language Association, or AGL) criticises the Galician Academy's official language spelling rules and campaigns for an orthographic reform bringing Galician language under Portuguese spelling rules. However, the spelling reform campaign held by the AGL is not supported by any of the Galician parties represented in the Galician parliament.

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