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Rivas Zancarrón, Manuel
Despite the fact that during recent years historical sociolinguistics have been engaged in shedding light on the attitudes of language regarding various types of texts (the press, literature, private letters, etc..), there is not much difference among the methodologies delving into the context of theories such as “discursive traditions”. Likewise, there are few incursions upon the universe of beliefs made by the grammarians as they put pen to paper with regard to the linguistic system and which may have had an influence on the composition of their treatises. For this reason, this paper proposes the need to revise the opinions that some eighteenth-century grammarians may have conveyed on the written Spanish language, so as to methodologically organise the importance of this entity of thought in the linguistic writings of this particular period, as well as to determine their influence on linguistic evolution. In order to determine the role that a grammarian could have played in structural standardisation, it is also necessary to emphasise the importance of schooling and academic commitments viewed by society of the period and the newly formed Institution that would stand guard over the use of language - the Royal Spanish Academy.