I am using Biber/
biblatex for the bibliography of my forthcoming book. I just received the last round of corrections from the copyeditor, and discovered that the sort order used in my bibliography is letter-by-letter, not word-by-word (as defined in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., 18.60). For example, the following two entries are sorted with Shapin appearing before Sha, because the following letter in Sha's name is "X", which comes after "p" in Shapin:
Shapin, Steven, and Simon Schaffer. Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985.
Sha, Xin Wei. “Whitehead’s Poetical Mathematics.” Configurations 13, no. 1 (2007): 77–94.
In a bibliography, "Sha" should come before "Shapin."
The problem seems to be Biber: I tried two different styles for
style=mla, and the
biblatex-chicago package) and in both "Shapin" came before "Sha"; when I used BibTeX instead of Biber, the order was correct, that is, "Sha" came before "Shapin."
I realize I can of course go in by hand and add sortkeys, which would not be too much trouble.
But is there an option I have overlooked, or a way to change this, in either
biblatex, or Biber?