I want "De Groote" to be sorted before "Deane" but somehow biblatex eats spaces within names as far as sorting is concerned. Can this be influenced by some switch somewhere?

This is a MWE.



        author = {Paul D. Deane},
        booktitle = {Grammar in Mind and Brain: {Explorations in Cognitive Syntax}},
        number = {2},
        publisher = {Mouton de Gruyter},
        series = {Cognitive Linguistics Research},
        sortname = {Paul Deane},
        title = {Grammar in Mind and Brain: {Explorations in Cognitive Syntax}},
        year = {1992}}

        address = {Stanford, CA},
        booktitle = {Proceedings of {FG 2008: The 13th Conference on Formal Grammar}},
        editor = {de Groote, Philippe},
        publisher = {CSLI Publications},
        title = {Proceedings of {FG 2008: The 13th conference on Formal Grammar}},
        year = {2008}}


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    Try adding this to your .bib entry: sortkey = {De, Philippe} Your entry will then be alphabetically treated as De instead of De Groote, which should be what you want.
    – Markus G.
    Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 15:06
  • 1
    Although depending on the style you are going for, sorting it as Groote may be more correct, so you should check with the entity you are creating the document for on how to treat surname prefixes.
    – Markus G.
    Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 15:09
  • Thanks. And there is no way to do this via a switch? Since next time I may do not want these sortkeys. And I would have to add sortkeys to a lot of items and may miss some. Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 12:47
  • There possibly is, but judging from the wide range of questions that exist on this topic there are quite a number of issues with names using prefixes (because everyone wants them to behave in a different way). You may want to check this question and the ones linked to it: tex.stackexchange.com/q/226893/118712
    – Markus G.
    Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 13:13
  • Thanks! As for suggestion one: What if I have several names with "De "? They should be sorted with respect to each other. sortname="De~Grote, Philippe" seems to be the solution. Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 17:31


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