Steven Eric Byrd


Ph.D. Iberian and Latin American Linguistics

University of Texas at Austin



Spanish and Portuguese language teaching and linguistics

Afro-Brazilian speech

Latin American Studies


Current Research

Culinary history and culture of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Portuguese words and expressions related to the food of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Research Interests

Sociolinguistics and dialectology of Latin America

Culinary history and culture of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Selected Publications

Calunga and the legacy of an African language in Brazil. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2012.

Other Scholarly Activity

Outras terras: crônicas e ensaios: Natal, Brazil: Edições Sebo Vermelho, 2015

Funded Grants

2012 research grant from Fundação Luso-Americana/Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal to research the history of food and language of Portugal and Brazil.

Research Topics

Steven Eric Byrd

Steven Eric Byrd



Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese; Director of Latin American Studies Minor

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(207) 602-2579