META-NORD Sofie English Treebank

English Sofie

The English part of the META-NORD Sofie Parallel Treebank. This treebank is a syntactically annotated parallel corpus based on the first chapters of the novel “Sofies verden” (Sophie's World) by Jostein Gaarder, published by Aschehoug forlag. The treebank consists of grammatical annotations of extracts from the English translation of the novel, originally created as part of the Stockholm MULtilingual parallel TReebank (SMULTRON) and now included in the META-NORD Sofie Parallel Treebank. The novel was translated into English by Paulette Moller and the English translation is published by Phoenix House/The Orion Publishing Group (1995).

Source text: Chapters 1 and 2 of Jostein Gaarder: Sophie's World. A Novel about the History of Philosophy (original in Norwegian 1991).

Linguistic annotation: (c) 2007 by Stockholm University, Department of Linguistics.

The following terms hold for the use of the treebank:

The META-NORD Sofie English Treebank is distributed free of charge under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Switzerland (
The alignments are available under a CC-BY license (

Please refer to:

author = {Martin Volk and Anne Göhring and Torsten Marek and Yvonne Samuelsson},
year = 2010,
title = {{SMULTRON (version 3.0) — The Stockholm MULtilingual parallel TReebank}},
note = {An English-French-German-Spanish-Swedish parallel treebank
with sub-sentential alignments},
howpublished = {},
institution = {Institute of Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich}

Alignments provided by the project INESS ( in cooperation with META-NORD (

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