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2013/9/1 Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets <[log in to unmask]>:
> On 31 August 2013 01:20, Jonathan Beagley <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>
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>> Muller has written a book on French syntax: the examples you will see there
>> are not based on any corpus but are merely created by Muller himself as
>> examples of "grammatical French."
>>
>>
> In any other field of science, such behaviour would be called "making up
> data", or as we like to call it succinctly "fraud". Someone who would do
> that would not only be fired before they reached retirement age, they would
> also actively be prosecuted and could risk fines or even prison, depending
> on the level of fraud one is talking about. The simple fact that someone
> like that could even *teach* tells us clearly how far linguistics is from
> being a true science, unfortunately :(.

I think that's why, at least in Brazil, people distinguish
grammaticians (prescriptivists) from linguists (descriptivists,
researchers):

http://cienciahoje.uol.com.br/colunas/palavreado/linguistas-e-gramaticos
http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=429440