I’m writing a German document with the biblatex-chicago package. One of my sources is a journal article where one editor is an association (a Verband).

When I compile the code, the grammar in the bibliography is incorrect. It reads “Herausgegeben von Fachverband Latexology und John Doe.” whereas “von” should be “vom”. How can I fix this?


\setmainlanguage[variant=german, spelling=new, latesthyphen=true]{german}
    title = {How to become a Latex professional},
    issn = {1234-5678},
    pages = {33--55},
    number = {1},
    journaltitle = {Sophisticated Journal on Latex},
    author = {Myers, Mike},
    editor = {{Fachverband Latexology} and Doe, John},
    date = {2017},
  • 4
    Very dirty and situational fix: editor = {{dem Fachverband Latexology} and Doe, John},, doesn't give 'vom', but 'von dem'. But that could be better because of 'John Doe' anyway.
    – moewe
    Aug 15 '17 at 13:51
  • @moewe and Ulrike Fischer: Thank you, both of your solutions work well, and since the problem onIy occurs once in my document, I won’t hesitate to apply one of them. However, if you are aware of a more general solution and write it up together with the mentioned fixes, it would make a beautiful answer!
    – Philipp
    Aug 15 '17 at 14:50

If you are looking for a one-shot solution, you could add

 execute={\expandafter\def\csname abx@lstr@byeditor\endcsname{Herausgegeben vom}} 

to your bib-entry.

A more general solution would need some switches in the language strings (\ifwhatever{vom}{von}) and some bib field to set this switches -- possible but unclear if it is really worth the time ...-

  • This works like a charm.
    – Philipp
    Aug 15 '17 at 15:28
  • @Ulrike Fischer, this workaround seems to work only for biblatex-chicago - Am I right? (I'm using plain biblatex, and it does not seem to work.)
    – lAtExFaN
    Oct 18 '18 at 20:16

This is one of the limitations of biblatex's localisation system.

As a dirty fix you can include 'dem' into the editor field

editor = {{dem Fachverband Latexology} and Doe, John},

This will give good output only if the editor is used in the 'herausgegeben von ' position. If it is used as in ' (Hg.)' this will not work correctly.

Since the citations give the short form you can use

editor = {{\ifbibliography{dem }{}Fachverband Latexology} and Doe, John},

to fix that.

  • Thank you for your answer. As you mentioned, it works well within the bibliography, but mixes up a full citation inside a footnote.
    – Philipp
    Aug 15 '17 at 15:28
  • @Philipp I could find a work-around for that problem, but this attempt at a solution certainly has its limits.
    – moewe
    Aug 15 '17 at 15:32

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