Recently, there was a question about 'semantic roles', and someone explained them to me here. It was great. So, I was hoping someone may also know what "semantic scripts" are. I've tried searching Google and some dictionary websites, but they aren't coming up with anything. Actually, I am only able to find the term used in a theory of humor. I need to have the term defined to understand that theory, though. So, the context is poisoned.
From Wikipedia Theories of humor ...
The core of the theory is simply that humour involves juxtaposed incompatibilities. A "text" (joke) is funny if...
...where "scripts" are semantically comprehensible meanings.
As I understand it, a semantic script is a collection of concepts that are related to a particular task or event. These concepts may have causal relationships with each other with respect to that event.
Here's an example because that's stupidly abstract:
Suppose you have a text and someone says, "Yeah, I took a flight yesterday." While a literal interpretation of that involves just the flight itself, we as readers understand a whole context and chain of events implied by that. So we know that that person probably:
Also, there bunch of optional or non-causal events and entities involved that we know about. Like what? A pilot, a plane, tickets, ears popping, etc.
The script encapsulates all those things and relates them with respect to taking a flight.
Source: I'm a ph.d student in computational linguistics and I'm procrastinating writing my dissertation by answering a random question I stumbled upon on the internet.