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I'm referring specifically to using the て form to form a pseudo conjunction, and specifically the transformation of verbs in formal writing by using the verb stem instead of て form.

For example the following sentence:

多くの人が押し掛け、大騒ぎになっているという

Is there a grammatical term for this, either a verb form or some sort of usage term?

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I believe that when you use the 連用形 as a conjunction, the form is referred to as the 中止形.

This usage is described by 中止法.

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This is correct. However, it need not be a verb. Any 用言 will suffice. (Hence, an adjective as well.) –  Dono Dec 15 '12 at 14:59
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