email: michael DOT diercks AT pomona.edu
My main research interests include syntactic and morphological theory, and the syntax and morphosyntax of languages of East Africa.
I have worked on various projects with Vicki Carstens on agreement phenomena as well as issues relating to raising verbs and noun phrase licensing in Bantu languages. I am also involved in long-term documentation projects: currently I am working with Michael Marlo and Justine Sikuku to document Lubukusu, a Bantu language spoken in Western Kenya, and am currently a part of a larger project documenting a three additional related languages. This website hosts some of Sikuku's work here. Much of my recent work has morphed into investigations of the interface between information structure and syntax, both in Bantu languages and in Nilo-Saharan (Kipsigis).
I teach courses on syntax, morphology, and field methods, in addition to introductory-level courses on language and linguistics.
A selection of papers and handouts are available for download here.
If you are a 5Cs student you may find useful these resources for learning LaTeX. (note that this page is still under development).
My CV is available here.