Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


LACS: Hispanic Studies

First Advisor

Thomas Harrington


This expository paper aims to explain the transference of culture between the Iberian Peninsula and non-Iberian sources, specifically France. I hypothesize that in looking at the trajectory of language institutions in the European context, it is clear that there is a great deal of borrowing the tools of culture planning between the Iberian Peninsula and France. In the European context, there appears to be significant traffic of language planning models between distinct cultures. I will use theories such as culture planning, laws of cultural interference, and language purity to establish background regarding the actual phenomenon of language institutionalization and the importance of language as a cultural tool. This will then provide the proper insight for me to delve into the timeline of the transference of language academies between the Iberian Peninsula and France. In chronological order, the implementation of the Royal Academy systems in France, Spain, and peripheral Spanish regions will be discussed as a real-world case of cultural transference. Evidence of philology will also be used to discuss peripheral marginalization in the Iberian Peninsula.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies.