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Mother Tongue Tied

Coming Soon!
Footnote Press pre-empts 'revelatory' book from linguist Malwina Gudowska

Footnote Press has pre-empted Mother Tongue Tied, a "revelatory" book on multilingualism and motherhood, from linguist Malwina Gudowska. 

Commissioning editor Rose Green acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, including audio, from Kate Evans at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop. The book will be published in spring 2024. 

Mother Tongue Tied

Coming June 2024

Mother Tongue Tied is about the intersections of motherhood and language, multilingualism and identity, and about the power of language in shaping our lives. Rooted in my own highly emotional experience of raising multilingual children, it is about navigating linguistic prejudice, exposing harmful myths around bilingualism, and exploring how our own linguistic and cultural identities affect our caregiving.

Green added: "Mother Tongue Tied sits at the perfect centre between gender, migration and linguistic identity, not only exploring multilingualism as an agent for social change but also looking at the deeply emotional aspects of both motherhood and language as markers of cultural identity. As Malwina observes in the book – the task of handing down language overwhelmingly falls to mothers, even more so when it comes to teaching children a heritage language. Mother Tongue Tied reveals what is often a private, gendered struggle, taking it into the light with care and compassion. Meticulously researched and exquisitely written, Mother Tongue Tied is a book that spoke to me and will speak to so many people."

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