modify variable of parent class

public class Parent{
   String regExpr;
   String target;
   public static ArrayList<Character> language;
   public Regex(String regExpr, String target){
		this.regExpr = regExpr;
		this.target = target;
		this.language = language;
	}
   private class Child{
     void buildLanguage(char c){
         language.add(c);
      }
   }
}

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I would like to modify the language variable of the parent class, but I'm getting a java.lang.NullPointerException on the line: language.add(c);

Can this be done?
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Kyle HamiltonData ScientistAsked:
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Amitkumar PSr. ConsultantCommented:
It is not initialized that's why you are getting nullpointerexception. You can add a null check before adding to it.
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Kyle HamiltonData ScientistAuthor Commented:
thanks for explaining.

I ended up redesigning the classes, so that the "Child" class is now it's own class, with a public  method that returns the language variable. this means my "Child" class is potentially re-usable in other projects.

cheers.
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