I'm looking for a concise phrase for the sentence construction "a, b, c, and d". That is, a comma-separated list of things, where the last comma is either replaced or accompanied by the word "and".
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The specific action I'm looking for is a transformation from a simple comma separated list to one with an "and" before the last element.
Not using and in a list is called asyndeton.
Such a list is styled asyndetic and the action of adding an and might be called syndetication, although I can't find a reference for that.
Using and between every element in a list ("a and b and c and d", in the manner of excited children) is called polysyndeton — that's listed in OED but not ODO.
I suppose a list with just one conjunction might be termed monosyndetic. I can't find a reference for that either.