Study Association T.W.I.S.T. has its own logo, flag, coat of arms, and anthem. All of these will be explained below. The official description of T.W.I.S.T.’s symbolism can be read in the heraldry document (Dutch).


T.W.I.S.T.’s logo is the golden apple, as depicted above. The Apple of Discord originates from Greek mythology. The goddess Eris states that she’ll offer the apple to the most beautiful goddess. Three goddesses have a fight (also called a ‘twist’ in Dutch) over who has the right to receive the apple. Eventually Paris may choose who will be gifted the apple. All of the goddesses offer him something in return, but Paris chooses Hera, who promises him Earth’s most beautiful woman. Hera receives the apple, and Paris receives Helena’s hand in marriage. This is the start of the Trojan war, the war over Helena.

The golden apple from this myth has found its way into the Dutch language as the ‘twistappel’, which means: ‘a subject or matter over which disagreement exists’. In this association, however, the apple does not bring any disagreements. Instead, it symbolises the connection between its members. ‘The apple is there for all of us’, as stated in the lyrics of our anthem


Since board Jan (2015-2016), T.W.I.S.T. has had an official flag, designed by Jur Timmerman. The four different sections of the flag symbolise the four tracks of our study programme, Linguistics. Within the association, all four of these tracks are united as one. The golden apple, depicted in the middle of the flag, symbolises the assocation.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of T.W.I.S.T. is a shield that consists of five different sections. Next to the T.W.I.S.T. apple – depicted in the smaller, central shield – there is a section dedicated to the symbol of Leiden, and three sections dedicated to each of the study programmes T.W.I.S.T. used to represent. The study programme Languages and Cultures of Africa is represented by an African shield, depicted on top of the three Panafrican colours. General Linguistics is represented by the IPA symbol which roughly depicts the sound of a wildebeest. Lastly, Comparative Indo-European Linguistics is represented by two sun wheels and two horses.

The motto Linguistica Est is the Latin translation of Taalwetenschap is ‘t! (Linguistics is it), the association’s slogan, of which T.W.I.S.T. is the acronym.


T.W.I.S.T.’s anthem can be found below. The lyrics and melody can be found in the heraldry document above. An English version has not yet been created, so feel free to contact the board if you have any good ideas!