Following graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, with a B.S. in engineering, Brian Franklin Head served as an officer in the Signal Corps, where he had occasional assignments as interpreter in Portuguese and French. He completed Master’s degrees in French and Spanish (Colorado College, 1960) and Luso-Brazilian Studies (University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1961) and a Ph. D. in Linguistics with specialization in Romance and Semitic languages (University of Texas at Austin 1964). He was professor of linguistics at several universities: the University of Texas at Austin, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the University of Campinas in Brazil, the Catholic University of Valpariso in Chile, the State University of New York at Albany, the University of Coimbra and the University of the Minho, in Portugal. He has taught several areas of the language sciences, especially phonetics, dialectology, historical linguistics, variation and change in language, and philology. His numerous published works are in these same areas.
Books published in Coimbra University Press:
Plan pour l'éducation d'un jeune seigneur russe: manuscrito de Ribeiro Sanches (1766): leitura, transcrição, tradução e comentários filológicos ("Plan for the education of the young Russian nobleman: manuscript by Ribeiro Sanches (1766): reading, transcription, translation and philological commentaries")