This digital collection features folk tales of the Madurese people, the third largest ethnic population in Indonesia. Collected by Professor William Davies of The University of Iowa’s Department of Linguistics, these videos of native storytellers performing traditional and historical narratives are accompanied by four different kinds of written texts: the original Madurese, English and Indonesian translations, and an interlinear format which includes morpheme-by-morpheme glosses, the common format for linguistic analysis.

Madurese Storytellers - example of video and accompanying tarnscription


The fieldwork in Indonesia, including recording and initial transcription, was funded by a grant from the Toyota Foundation, and also the US Department of Education through the Fulbright-Hays Program.