# Suppressing *some* language-specific changes in biblatex

I need to suppress some language-specific adaptations babel and biblatex produce from my .bib-entries.

This is the relevant part of my header

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article}
\usepackage[ngerman]{babel}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[
style=authoryear-icomp,
maxnames=2,
backend=bibtex,
safeinputenc,]{biblatex}


Now

@book(Platts,
key={Platts},
author={John T. Platts},
title={A Grammar of the Urd\=u or Hind\=ust\=an\={\i} Language},
publisher={Crosby Lockwood and Son},
year={1920},
)


produces

Platts, John T. (1920): A Grammar of the Urdu or Hindustani Language. London: Crosby Lockwood und Son.

(macrons in the right place, no worries about that).

How do I prevent biblatex from changing "and" to "und" in the publisher field? I've tried the language and origlanguage fields, but they only work if babel=english is loaded, and when I do that, the whole bibliography style changes to English.

-

Quoting from section 2.3.4 of the biblatex manual (emphasis added):

The fields institution, organization, publisher, and location are literal lists in terms of § 2.2. This also applies to origlocation, origpublisher and to the field aliases address and school. All of these fields may contain a list of items separated by the keyword ‘and’. If they contain a literal ‘and’, it must be wrapped in braces.

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article}
\usepackage[ngerman]{babel}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[
style=authoryear-icomp,
maxnames=2,
backend=bibtex,
safeinputenc,]{biblatex}

\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@book(Platts,
key={Platts},
author={John T. Platts},
title={A Grammar of the Urd\=u or Hind\=ust\=an\={\i} Language},
publisher={Crosby Lockwood {and} Son},
year={1920},
)
\end{filecontents}