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Gallardo Richards, Emma
This paper aims to examine the transformation of the Catalan orthography in El Auxiliar del Maestro Catalan by Salvador Genís i Bech, a bilingual textbook (Catalan-Spanish) that was used in the schools in Catalonia for teaching Spanish between the second half of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. In order to distinguish the stages that Catalan orthography undergoes throughout the fourteen editions of the textbook, we firstly refer to the mentions recorded in the forewords about the orthographic models that are going to be followed in each edition. Secondly, we present the evolution of two orthographic changes that can be traced in the textbook. Thus, this analysis has highlighted the continued reforms in the Catalan orthography that the author introduces, which are linked to the codification process that this language goes through at that point in time.