Roth, Michael; Thater, Stefan; Ostermann, Simon; Pinkal, Manfred

Aligning Script Events with Narrative Texts

Proceedings of the 6th Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM 2017), Association for Computational Linguistics, Vancouver, Canada, 2017.

Script knowledge plays a central role in text understanding and is relevant for a variety of downstream tasks. In this paper, we consider two recent datasets which provide a rich and general representation of script events in terms of paraphrase sets.

We introduce the task of mapping event mentions in narrative texts to such script event types, and present a model for this task that exploits rich linguistic representations as well as information on temporal ordering. The results of our experiments demonstrate that this complex task is indeed feasible.