To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the EVOLANG conference and the 15th anniversary of the Talking Heads Experiment (the first large-scale experiment in synthetic language evolution), the ELA (Evolutionary Linguistics Association) organized a smashing party in Replugged (Vienna).
The ELA gave its Lifetime Achievement Award to Jim Hurford and Chris Knight, founding fathers of the EVOLANG conferences, for their major contributions to evolutionary linguistics. Previous award winners are Bernd Heine and Bill Croft.
The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the musical performances. First, ACACIA EMERGENCY opened the act with a song about language evolution. After that, a TALKING HEADS cover band from Brussels, with Luc Steels as lead singer, took the main stage. You can enjoy a small clip, filmed by Simon Kirby, at this link.