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Philippe Caquant wrote:

>--- Paul Bennett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>>Get a decent linguistics dictionary, and keep it
>>handy. You wont be sorry.
>>I paid fifteen pounds for mine, and it's probably
>>the best fifteen pounds
>>I ever spent.
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>The important thing to understand is that linguistics
>is not a science, it is a mess of contradictory
>theories, evolving all the time.
>

As is any science.  Linguistics, IMO, is very much a science - it is the
study of language, and any good linguist should apply the scientific
method to his work.