The Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua (Valencian Academy of the Language) was legally founded in 1998, and is the official body governing the rules of Valencian, the native language of the Valencian Community, as stipulated in the region’s Statute of Autonomy. Valencian is part of the network of languages and dialects spoken in the areas that were historically ruled by the Crown of Aragon.
This regulatory body has its own legal personality and independently carries out its basic, legal and budgeting functions. Its purpose is to define and draw up linguistic rules and to safeguard the Valencian language on the basis of its lexicographic and literary tradition and its actual linguistic reality, as well as the established Normes de Castelló (Castelló Norms) that were approved in 1932.
The Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua comprises twenty-one academicians. Its bodies are the Assembly and the Governing Board, as well as the various sections and study committees.