The results of my third investigation met my expectations to an extent, and yet surprising in some aspects. Similar to my previous study, I asked the participants to rate the two speakers in 5 aspects of intelligence, wealth, education, friendliness, and honesty. The participants rated the mixer as clearly wealthier. Moreover, they rated the two speakers almost equally in terms of intelligence, education, and friendliness. However, what was unexpected to me was that when it came to honesty, the non-mixer scored very high. This was surprising in the sense that all my participants are code-mixers themselves. To explain this, I thought about a couple of reasons. Firstly, it might be due to the different topics that two speakers speak about. Secondly, the number of participants were relatively low (as I had to save them for my thesis study, and did not want to scare them away. So now I only asked my closest acquaintances), therefore the results might have been different, had I had more participants. Overall, I believe for this investigation, unlike my previous one, code-mixing was not as much of a decisive factor for the participants to rate the two speakers.
Sounds exciting! Does this mean then that your Iranian-American respondents seemed to react to the code-mixer and the non-code-mixer in less different ways than your Iranian respondents who live in Iran?
Yes, exactly. That's my understanding, based on the results.