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Title: Conceptualising the vertical landscape : the case of the International Finance Centre in the world's most vertical city
Authors: Lam, PWY 
Graddol, D
Keywords: Geo-semiotics
Hong Kong
Linguistic landscape
Semiotic landscape
Vertical landscape
Vertical semiotics
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Journal of sociolinguistics, 2017, v. 21, no. 4, p. 521-546 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of sociolinguistics 
Abstract: This article introduces the crucial yet much overlooked dimension of verticality to landscape-related research through a case study of one of the most iconic skyscrapers in Hong Kong, the world's most vertical city. A tripartite analytic model is proposed to examine the dialogical interaction between the discursive and material landscapes in a vertical layout, while at the same time to explore the intricate interrelations among social actors, practices, functions of space, levels of access and forms and functions of semiotic resources, all within one single site of varying levels of verticality. In the process, the study reveals the vertical space as a highly stratified and hierarchical system, and underlines the value of taking a functional approach to verticality in order to deepen our understanding of its indexical social meaning and its role as an active agent both in reflecting and shaping social stratification in today's globalised and consumerist world.
ISSN: 1360-6441
EISSN: 1467-9841
DOI: 10.1111/josl.12243
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