நாயன்மார்கள்

English translation: the Nayan(m)ars

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Tamil term or phrase:நாயன்மார்கள்
English translation:the Nayan(m)ars
Entered by: SeiTT

15:33 Dec 2, 2016
Tamil to English translations [Non-PRO]
Social Sciences - Education / Pedagogy / Learning / Teaching Tamil
Tamil term or phrase: நாயன்மார்கள்
Greetings

Please see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nayanars
and the Tamil version
https://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/நாயன்மார்

My main problem in understanding the term relates to the grammar of நாயன்மார்கள். Is it நாயன் plus மார் (honorific plural) plus கள் (normal plural), please? Furthermore, this question may fundamentally affect the gloss we come up with in the end.

It’s just that Pope in his “First Lessons in Tamil” (p. 86) only gives, as an example, குருக்கள்மார் – is குருமார்கள் equally correct, then?

Of course, even if this is so, I appreciate that நாயன்மார்கள் may have been standardized for these very famous and great saint-poets, even if நாயன்கள்மார் is theoretically correct.

Best wishes and many thanks,

Simon
SeiTT
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:48
நாயன்மார் + கள்
Explanation:
The term 'மார்’ at நாயன்மார்கள், குருமார்கள் is giving respect to their role/post.
Whereas ’கள்' is used for plurals.
You cannot rephrase it as நாயன்கள்மார் & குருக்கள்மார்.
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Local time: 22:18
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5நாயன்மார் + கள்
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நாயன்மார் + கள்


Explanation:
The term 'மார்’ at நாயன்மார்கள், குருமார்கள் is giving respect to their role/post.
Whereas ’கள்' is used for plurals.
You cannot rephrase it as நாயன்கள்மார் & குருக்கள்மார்.

Rajamanickam. R.
India
Local time: 22:18
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