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.
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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.