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We are all aware of the damagethatmodernindustry can cause to the world’s ecology, but few people are
aware of the 37 widelyspokenlanguageshave on otherlanguages and ways of life. English has spread all over
the world. Chinese, Spanish, Russian, and Hindihavebecomepowerfullanguages as well. As theselanguagesbecomemorepowerful, their use as tools of business and cultureincreases. As thishappens, hundreds of
languagesthat are spoken by a few die out all over the world.
Scholarsbelievethere are around 6,000 languagesaround the world, but morethanhalf of themcould 38 within the next 100 years. Aore is the languagenative to Vanuatu, located in the PacificOcean. LikeCatawbabefore Red ThunderCloud’s death, it is spoken by thatisland’s onlyremainingnativeinhabitant; so it,
too, willsoon be gone. A largenumber of Ethiopianlanguages are used by 39 numbers of people. Two
speakers of the EthiopianlanguageGafatwerefineuntil a researchertookthem out of theirnativejungle, at whichpointtheycaught a cold and died. In New Guinea, morethan 100 languagescould die out.
When a plant, insect, or animalspeciesdies, it is easy to understandwhat has beenlost. 40 , language is
only a product of the mind. To be the lastremainingspeaker of a languagemust be a peculiarlylonelydestiny,
almost as strange and terrible as being the lastsurvivingmember of a dyingspecies. When a languagevanishes,
we lose the possibility of a 41 way of seeing and describing the world. 【題組】38 (A)degenerate (B)plummet (C)disappear (D)thrive
__19__ cellist Yo-Yo Ma played “The Cellist of Sarajevo” at the
InternationalCelloFestival in Manchester, England, in 1994. PianistPaulSullivan, who was present, describes it thus:
“When he had finished, Yo-Yo Ma remained __20__ over his cello.
His bow stillrested on the strings. No one in the hallmoved, not a
sound was made for a long, longtime. It was as though we had justwitnessedthathorrifyingmassacreourselves. Finallystill in silence,
Yo-Yo slowlystraightened in his chair, looked out across the audience,
and stretched out his handtoward us. All eyesfollowed as he __21__
someone to come to the stage, and an indescribableelectricshock
__22__ us as we realized who it was: VedranSmailovic—the cellist of
Sarajevohimself! He rosefrom his seat and walkeddown the aisle as
Yo-Yo came off the stage and headed up the aisle to meet him. Witharmsflungwide, they met eachother in a passionate __23__ justinchesfrom my seat.”
“The drama was unbelievable, as everyone in the hall __24__ a
chaoticemotionalfrenzy: clapping, weeping, shouting, and cheering.
It was deafening, __25__, and a tidalwave of emotion. And in the
centre of the hallstoodthese two men, hugging and cryingfreely.
Yo-Yo Ma, the elegantprince of classicalmusic, was __26__ in
appearance and performance. And VedranSmailovic, who had justescapedfromSarajevo, dressed in a stained and __27__ leathermotorcyclesuitwithfringe on the arms. His wildlonghair and hugemustacheframed a facethatlooked old beyond his years, creasedwithpain and __28__ with so manytears.”
【題組】24. (A) erupted (B) plunged (C) plummet to (D) burstinto)