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Is there a German dictionary that lists words with the same root together, e.g., where abstimmen, mitbestimmen, zustimmen etc. are listed under stimmen?

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    Not that I would know of. Your example is a good one insofar as it shows the questionable use of such a list - the composed verbs use the common root "Stimme" == vote, while "stimmen" (which you assume to be a 'final' root) goes back to another root meaning tune (both roots have another common one == voice). I am not sure what you would want to achieve which such lists.
    – tofro
    Mar 28, 2016 at 12:36
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    Would wildcards in an electronic dictionary help? E.g. *stimmen in Canoo or Leo.
    – Crissov
    Mar 28, 2016 at 13:06
  • @Crissov Right, thanks. "Dictionary" normally makes my brain switch to "paper mode"
    – tofro
    Mar 28, 2016 at 13:11
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    Many thanks, tofro and @Crissov, for your answers. I hadn't tried wildcards, but have just tried them in Leo and got what I was looking for. Perfect. Mar 28, 2016 at 13:15
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    @Crissov I have just checked, the wildcard *stimmen also works with the CD-ROM versions of the Duden dictionaries.
    – user9551
    Mar 28, 2016 at 13:42

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Canoonet offers quite a nice clickable word formation tree for many word stems including stimmen.

A click on Wordformation will lead to the following tree (only shown in part):

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One level above would be for the stem Stimme with even more derivations.

Also see this related question (in German):

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    A really nice one I didn't know! +1 for the enlightenment!
    – tofro
    Mar 28, 2016 at 19:44
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    As of 2023 this website is defunct and the shown functionality not available publicly anymore by their successors: "Die Technologie, die für die Wortbildung verwendet wurde, verblieb bei der IMTF. Diese Informationen sind daher bei LEO leider nicht in gleichem Umfang verfügbar. Sie können eine Wörterbuchsuche mit * (z.B. *terrasse*) verwenden, um zusammengesetzte Begriffe zu finden. Die weitergehenden Informationen können wir aber leider nicht bieten" from dict.leo.org/pages/about/ende/canoonet_de.html Aug 29, 2023 at 9:23
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Howard Kellerʹs 1978 "A German Word Family Dictionary" is pretty useful.

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The Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache offers the word list you are looking for.

E.g.

https://www.dwds.de/wb/stimmen

Scroll down the screen till "Etymologie", and click on the blue "Mehr"

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Go to https://www.verbformen.com/ and scroll down to the right to "Derivatives." (Not all verbs are provided with a list.)For example, for können:

≡ abkönnen ≡ ankönnen ≡ dafürkönnen ≡ dazukönnen ≡ durchkönnen ≡ fortkönnen ≡ heimkönnen ≡ herankönnen ≡ herkönnen ≡ hinkönnen ≡ hochkönnen ≡ loskönnen ≡ mitkönnen ≡ nachkönnen ≡ rankönnen ≡ rauskönnen ≡ reinkönnen ≡ umhinkönnen ≡ wegkönnen Also check Reverso Conjugation at https://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-rules-model-german.html. Under "Models" you will find lists of verbs which conjugate the same. Most have the same stems. Then go to In general, the prefix be- makes the verb transitive, intensifies the meaning and shifts focus to the direct object. Often the verb with be- can acquire a completely new meaning over time. If you can face the discouragement, go to https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_deutscher_Pr%C3%A4fixe#Pr%C3%A4fixe_mit_Verben. But be prepared to cry.

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My Wortbildungswoerterbuch is unfortunately only available in a few English university libraries, but I started with the compact but reliable Sprach-Brockhaus which is still available if you are prepared to pay rather inflated second-hand prices.

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