Conceptualising the vertical landscape: The case of the International Finance Centre in the world's most vertical city

Phoenix W. Y. Lam, David Graddol

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-546
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Sociolinguistics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017


  • Geo-semiotics
  • Hong Kong
  • linguistic landscape
  • semiotic landscape
  • vertical landscape
  • vertical semiotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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