No, Rasp, the word order is simply incorrect.
You could have subject-verb inversion if the word ‘where’ were used as a question word like this, for example:
- Where does his uncle live?
That would invert subject and verb, in this case required because the sentence is a question.
However, in your sentence, the word order must be as I stated in my first post. So, there is an error in whatever publication you took your sentence from.
As regards your quotes and examples from Michael Swan, you should note that none of the examples you provided has a clause except this one:
- Under a tree was lying one of the biggest men color=blue I had ever seen.
The word order in that clause is subject-verb: ‘I had ever seen’ (not inverted). There is subject-verb inversion in the main sentence because the phrase ‘under a tree’ was fronted.
Yes, ‘where’ refers to ‘Paris’. However, joining two independent clauses does not automatically result in subject-verb inversion. In your sentence, the word ‘where’ is simply moved to the beginning of the clause because it refers to ‘Paris’.
1. Little Jim is going to spend his holiday in Paris.
2. His uncle lives there.
In sentence 2, the word ‘there’ refers to Paris. Your original sentence reflects a joining of sentences 1 and 2. In order to join them, the word ‘where’ will follow the word ‘Paris’ and the rest of the clause remains the same.
Sentence 2 above can also be worded this way:
2a. That is where his uncle lives.
As you can see, the word order is ‘uncle lives’ in that sentence as well.
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