I've heard of such constructions:

I've just seen John.
John whom?

when you don't know who John is.

Can other pronouns be used in a similar manner?

I've put it there.
There where?

or should it be Where - there? instead?

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This does not really answer your question but your first premise, I believe is incorrect. It should be John who? Because it is the same as saying "Who is John?" In the second case, I would choose "where...there?"


It's an elepsis of:

(You've just seen) John who?

Elepsis from OLD:


1 The omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues.

Note: whom has no place in this composition.

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