Word stress in four syllable phrases

zoltankr

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Hi, I have a phrase: Don't mention it. Phonetically it looks like: [doʊnt mɛn ʃən ɪt]
When a word ends with a consonant and the next word begins with a vowel, we connect the consonant to the vowel.
ʃən ɪt becomes -> ʃən_ɪt

In the dictionary the syllable ˈmɛn is stressed. I think we need it stressed in the phrase as well, but we also need stress on "don't". Am I right? The end of the phrase "ʃən_ɪt" is the one that doesn't need stress. Am I right? As far as I know pronouns are not as important as content words.

I think the phrase should be pronounced: 'doʊnt 'mɛn ʃən_ɪt with stress on first and second syllable.
What do you think? I would be grateful for any suggestion.
 

Tdol

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I think the stress on don't could be optional. It is also possible to drop the final /t/ and say it without the stress.
 

zoltankr

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Thank you for your answer. Your time is greatly appreciated. So, only the verb gets stressed, the pronoun at the end "it" is unstressed. Am I right?
 
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