For most people, yes, it implied exactly that. .
You are wrong, I am afraid.
People who cannot conjugate L
atin just do not speak L
atin, they speak any other language derived from L
Only priests with a classical education would know how the verb "should" be constructed and conjugated -- in classical Latin, that is. .
I was talking about people who knew L
atin more or less, whoever they were. "Priests with a classical education" is a good guess, indeed.
Those people invented the verb "sapeo, sapere", conjugated like monere. They invented it in L
atin, and not in another romance language. That is what I am saying.
As for stress, that can vary between different periods or registers of a language.
No, mind you. Stress in L
atin is very conservative, (although it might seem a paradoxon). We are talking about stress in Latin, and not in the languages that derive from it.
Stress in L
atin has never evolved from the antiquity to the 21st century.
The fact that it is still in use nowadays in NOT the result of a reconstitution (as is the pronunciation of the vowels, in an effort made in the 1950's), it is the result of a conservation through time.