Proceedings of the 1st Conference of Visual Art, Design, and Social Humanities by Faculty of Art and Design, CONVASH 2019, 2 November 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

Research Article

Girls’ Naming in Indonesian Folktales

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.2-11-2019.2294771,
        author={Qanitah  Masykuroh},
        title={Girls’ Naming in Indonesian Folktales},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st Conference of Visual Art, Design, and Social Humanities by Faculty of Art and Design, CONVASH 2019,  2 November 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={CONVASH},
        year={2020},
        month={8},
        keywords={girls naming indonesian folktales},
        doi={10.4108/eai.2-11-2019.2294771}
    }
    
  • Qanitah Masykuroh
    Year: 2020
    Girls’ Naming in Indonesian Folktales
    CONVASH
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.2-11-2019.2294771
Qanitah Masykuroh1,*
  • 1: Department of English Education, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Indonesia
*Contact email: qanitah.masykuroh@ums.ac.id

Abstract

Girls have prevalently played significant roles in Indonesian Folktales as either protagonist or antagonist characters. Besides, many Indonesian folktales are also titled after girls’ names. This paper aims at investigating girls’ naming in Indonesian folktales. It focuses on nouns used to denote the young heroines and villain as well as other young female characters, while examining some structures in the use of the terms. Deploying content analysis, girls’ names from 50 Indonesian folktales whose main characters are girls are analysed. The results show that girls’ names in Indonesian folktales are of three kinds: proper names, names initiated by a term referring to a girl and names indicated the age. In addition to the pattern, the naming of the heroines and villains also illuminate structures which are related to the opposition between the heroine and the villain. Furthermore, the name of girls in Indonesian folktales also reveals some designations i.e. a place where the baby heroine is found or where they are looked after, her look, a punishment she receives or designates a disaster that a girl resolved.This paper contributes to the discussion on the girlhood in traditional literature in Indonesia.