A Note about Story Grammars in ChatGPT

7 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2023

Date Written: January 15, 2023


Think of an artificial neural net as a platform on which to implement higher level structures, like one might implement a word processor or a database in C++. In investigate of the neural net underlying ChatGPT implements a simple grammar, stories with five components, in order: 1) Donné, 2) Disturb, 3) Plan, 4) Enact, 5) Celebrate. I present the results of four experiments in which ChatGPT transforms one story into another based on a single change in the nature of the protagonist or antagonist.

Keywords: story grammar, narratology, ChatGPT, large language models, deep learning, Lévi-Strauss

Suggested Citation

Benzon, William L., A Note about Story Grammars in ChatGPT (January 15, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4324840 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4324840

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