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BOLIVAR, Adriana. Critical discourse analysis of an academic journal. Rev. signos [online]. 2004, vol.37, n.55, pp.7-18. ISSN 0718-0934.

This research analyses the way in which knowledge is constructed through academic discourse in order to understand how knowledge is affected by power relations. Furthermore, together with a genuine interest in uncovering the linguistic aspects, there is an epistemic interest in finding out about how research is done, particularly in the area of the humanities. To this purpose 59 articles of the Journal AKADEMOS were analyzed. This Journal is published by the Faculty of Humanities and Education at Universidad Central de Venezuela. Two methodological approaches were taken: critical reflection, to comprehend how texts are constructed in the social dynamics and critical discourse analysis as a way to construct meanings in social and dialogic interaction. The results show that AKADEMOS is a journal that reflects a young and dynamic dialogue, trying to find its own identity and improving with each number, thanks, basically, to the editors who "control" the interaction. A more detailed analysis calls for a serious reflection about research policies, the role of editors and the active participation of researchers within their own academic communities.

Palabras clave : academic discourse; critical reflection; Akademos; critical analysis.

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