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Boletín de filología

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ARNOUX, Elvira Narvaja de. Towards a Castilian grammar for secondary schools: choices and displacements in the mid 19th century. Boletín de Filología [online]. 2014, vol.49, n.2, pp.19-48. ISSN 0718-9303.

Abstract: Some Castilian grammars intended for use in secondary school are published in the decade of 1850. These grammars must be understood in relation with those used in primary school. They participate in the consolidation of national subjectivities (thanks to the spread of the common language), in social disciplining (determining the standard to be met by the practice) and in the reproduction of social structures (educating the members of the elite). The present paper refers to the subject of syntax in four texts published respectively in Buenos Aires, Santiago, Guanajuato and Madrid. We consider the units established in the grammars, the treatment of figures and the analysis they propose in exercises or in recapitulating illustrations. The study allows us to appreciate the guidance offered by grammars but also the different perspectives on grammatical knowledge, on its function in secondary school and on the subject who attends school.

Keywords : Castilian grammars; secondary school; teaching of syntax; figures; grammatical analysis.

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