i've read in several places that latin might have had a pitch accent rather than a stress accent in the golden age. varro talks about the "pitch" (altitudo
) rather than the stress of the accent (De Lingua Latina, 210, 10-16, GS).
i know that later on, latin like greek definitely had a stress accent. but what's the evidence for the pronunciation of the accent as stress in the golden age?
i'd like to know because i've been experimenting with a pitch accent for the latin word accent in catullus, horace and virgil, and i'm hearing poetic "music" which i'm not sure is intentional or just imported in by me...
apparently Vendryes wrote a book about this issue, Recherches sur I'histoire et les effets de I'intensite initiale en latin
(Paris, 1902)... has anyone looked at this?