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In the debate between literalism and contextualism in semantics, Kent Bach's project is often taken to stand on the latter side of the divide. In this paper I argue this is a misleading assumption and justify it by contrasting Bach's assessment of the theoretical eliminability of minimal propositions arguably expressed by well-formed sentences with standard minimalist views, and by further contrasting his account of the division of interpretative processes ascribable to the semantics anddoaj:39478642fb7a4ae7abc53f1e65489a26 fatcat:anmpk5oetja2tjrt2ibxs6n2ta