[NTG-context] bibliography again: “von” and “van”

Jörg Weger joerg73.muc at googlemail.com
Tue Jan 27 19:20:14 CET 2015

The default way to diplay (inverted) names with “von” and “van” is “von 
Goethe” and “van Halen” in in-text references and “von Goethe, Johann 
Wolfgang” and “van Halen, Edward”. The problem with this is that while 
AFAIK the Dutch “van Halen” means that one of his ancestors came ”from” 
a place/city called “Halen” in German names the “von” is always a sign 
of nobility. Even long before monarchy and nobility was abolished in 
Germany by the revolution of 1919 you would not have talked about “von 
Goethe” but simply “Goethe”–so in a reference it would be “(Goethe 
1774)” and “Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von” in the publications list, but 
still “(van Halen 1984)” and “van Halen, Edward”. It would be nice if 
you could switch between two modes while invoking the citation. I have 
not yet discovered where this order is defined.

Greetings Jörg

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