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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Christophe Gagne

Christophe Gagne
Associate Professor (MMLL)
Fellow and College Lecturer (Churchill College)
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
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Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 3 35049

Churchill College
Storey's Way


Christophe’s research interests lie in the fields of language use, contrastive pragmatics, translation, politeness theory and discourse analysis. His PhD thesis (Université Lumière Lyon II) was a contrastive analysis of French and British service encounters. He has an interest in intercultural communication and has given talks on the alleged rudeness of the French (Trinity French Society, Prince’s Teaching Institute, Cambridge Festival of Ideas). He is currently working on interruptions in parliamentary debates with a group of researchers from the University of Helsinki and the University of Lyon.

Prior to working at Cambridge University Christophe worked as a translator for a private company. He has translated poetry by the novelist John Fowles (Greek poems = Poèmes grecs, The Greek Poems, Editions NG, 2001). He has co-authored with Emilia Wilton Godberfforde a textbook on translating from English into French, the book was published by Routledge in 2020.

Christophe is also interested in popular culture and current affairs. He recently contributed entries to an Anthology of French and Francophone Singers. Christophe has produced various language-learning resources for the Language Centre – notably learning objects on Bourdieu, Césaire and Rousseau, designed to help learners develop their academic reading skills in French. Christophe was an External Assessor for a French course delivered by the Open University in 2016-2018.

Christophe is regularly involved in outreach events. He has been a judge for the final of the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee Competition on several occasions, and for the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Translation competition. He has also taken parts in events organized by MEITS or the Sutton Trust. He has in the last 4 years coordinated the French section’s participation to the Choix Goncourt organised by the Institut français. He is also keen to explore the benefits of creative writing in the language classroom.

Teaching interests: 

French Grammar and Usage
Contemporary French Culture
Translation and Translation Theory
French Variational Linguistics

Research interests: 

Contrastive Pragmatics
Conversation Analysis
Discourse Analysis​
Interactional Linguistics
Variational Linguistics
Foreign Language Teaching and Learning

Published works: 

A Comparative Study of Nominal Forms of Address in metropolitan French and British English Service Encounters. In: Nicole Baumgarten and Roel Vismans (eds.), Forms of Address in Contrastive Contexts. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (In press).

'Reactions to Interruptions in Finnish, French and German Parliamentary Debates'. Journal of Language and Politics, March 5 2024

Un Bon Clash Pour Faire Le Buzz: L’interpellation Dans Le Débat Polémique Médiatisé.” Corela, no. 19–2 (December 2021).

With Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde, English-French Translation: A Practical Manual (2020, Routledge) 

Indirectness and Entitlement in Product Requests in British Service Encounters.” Journal of Pragmatics 133 (August 2018): 1–14.