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Can join two complete sentences? In other words, can replace ?

I thought it could, but in this answer, user1205935 seems to suggest that it cannot. (Rather than ask about it in a comment, I decided to make a separate question about it.)

Here are a pair of examples:

  1. Aと言う。Bと言う。
  2. Aと言う、Bと言う。

Is example 2 ungrammatical?

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Related question about 読点 (doesn't address this question specifically) –  snailboat May 4 '13 at 13:24
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My limited understanding is that 2 is ungrammatical, but used on the net and such (just as its common to have run-on sentences in English). The "grammatical" version of 2 would require a て-form or 中止形, AFAIK. Not confident about this at all (just something I've inferred) so I'm leaving it as a comment... –  Darius Jahandarie May 4 '13 at 15:30

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Normally, I think there would need to be some sort of connecting form (て、し、り、など)before the comma on your example #2, as noted by Darius Jahandarie.

If you do need to combine sentences like in your example #2, you would probably want to find a way to clarify to the reader (or audience) what you are really wanting to say, as well.

For example, you might want to add some sort of noun or phrase after each という (or at least after the last という) so that the reader (or audience) knows what you are trying to say—otherwise, the example #2 sentence makes me wonder if you mean the A thing... or the B thing... (unless you explain how A and B relate—perhaps A and B are a respective series or are labels of something?)

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