Jeffrey Lidz is Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Maryland. Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland. Lidz received his PhD in 1996 from the University of Delaware and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania from 1997-2000. He also held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratoire de Science Cognitive et Psycholinguistique in Paris in 1998 and was faculty at Northwestern University from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Lidz’s research examines the relative contribution of experience, extralinguistic cognition and domain specific knowledge in learners’ discovery of linguistic structure. He is the editor in chief of Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics and is the editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics.